Due to his Western name, Tony was shunned by other kids and spent a solitary childhood. Though gifted as an artist, his drawings lacked feeling, so as an adult, he carved a career as a technical illustrator. Then in middle age, Tony suddenly falls for a pretty young woman, Eiko Konuma, who visits him one day on business. Eiko is like an angel in Tony’s daily existence, and for the first time in his life, he feels connected to the outside world. However, Eiko does have one fault: she’s a clothing shopaholic. Confusion also begins to develop when it appears that Eiko has a double. –IMDb
Jun Ichikawa (市川 準 Ichikawa Jun?, 25 November 1948 – 19 September 2008) was a Japanese film director and screenwriter. He was first an award-winning director of television commercials before adding filmmaking to his creative activities.His most famous film outside of Japan was Tony Takitani, an adaptation of a short story by Haruki Murakami. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage after suddenly collapsing at a restaurant, shortly before his latest film, Buy a Suit, was to premier at the Tokyo International Film Festival. —Wikipedia
When you lose that "100% perfect girl" you don't know how to live anymore. But of course such adverse notion can be beautiful if it accompanied by the right soundtrack.
Strangely soothing. I love the voice-over, the inner monologues, the minimalism, everything. It's really just great. It gave me a weird inner peace.
I liked how this movie concentrated on just one thing, the life story of its protagonist. The camera constantly sweeping until getting married doesn't let the storytelling stop at some other less important point. It deftly uses the gardrobe as a symbol of intimacy, I've found it to be a marvellous scene when a stranger is led to this secret place.
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