Tony Takitani seems to find emotions illogical and immature. When he falls for Eiko, his life changes. But Eiko has an all-consuming obsession: designer clothes. Based on a short story by Haruki Murakami. Music by Ryuichi Sakamoto.
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Elegiac and stately. Honest and courageous. In the new millennium of the zeitgeist's scream, intimate, minimalist, and spiritual films like this will be the ultimate light on the cave wall. A remarkable "poem" for the screen. I only wish so-called "political" and "well-intentioned" films could be this absorbing, mesmerizing, and haunting. These are the masterpieces of our time.
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.
By far the best adaptation of a short story into a feature film. Captures every bit of imagination and description of the original source material. If only Jun Ichikawa could adapt all of Haruki Murakami's works.