A very expressive film that made me feel uncomfortable, seeing people in a highly pressurized society losing their job, lying to their partners just to fit, to live up to an image everyone has of them. It's particularly bad for men, being the breadwinners. Very touching.
One of the best KK so far, not as intense as Kairo but a great movie of a different kind. A deep insight about the importance of the appearances, the disintegration and rebuilding of the japanese family (but Miike's Visitor Q remains unreachable), the problem of the authority. Kurosawa takes his time as usual with this slow paced drama,filling it with occasional burst of violence, and the result is simply great.
I pretty much agree with what Daniel said and I think the strengths of the film definitely outweighed it's flaws. It was quite different in style from other Japanese films I've watched and I liked it very much.
A scalping family study, an excellent psychological study of incommunicability, melancholy and deception.Kurosawa paints family relationships, daily routines, banal quotidien and interior pain like no one did,really.Tokyo Sonata is a slow exploration of our lives, a mind-blowing film of intense bravura.I am stunned.This is the greatest film I have seen all year, saw it at the BIFF.
Apart from "Cure", I never liked K.Kurosawa's J-horror movies. However, I always sensed that he had the potential to do a character study and "Tokyo Sonata" is exactly that. The final scene is absolutely lovely.