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Tokyo Sonata(トウキョウソナタ)

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Japan, Netherlands, Hong Kong
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2008

Rated PG-13 · 2h 0m

Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Starring Teruyuki Kagawa, Kyoko Koizumi, Kai Inowaki, Yū Koyanagi

Genre Drama

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Ryûhei is keeping a secret from his wife, Megumi, and his two teenage sons. Even though he leaves the house every day, he's not really going to work. He's going to an employment office. He recently lost his job due to outsourcing, but is determined to find another position, all while supporting an old friend who is also out of work. But when Megumi accidentally finds out Ryûhei's secret and doesn't tell him, her trust in him, and their marriage, suffers.

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70

The Hollywood Reporter by

Thanks to the script which invests the smallest scenes with dramatic significance, Tokyo Sonata enthrals audiences for the first hour with the pacing of a thriller.
70

The New Yorker by Anthony Lane

For all its oddities, this movie does carry weight, and, with more than eight per cent of Americans out of work, the timing of its release here could not be more acute.
70

Variety by Derek Elley

Though there's nothing here that hasn’t been dealt with in other Japanese movies, picture benefits considerably from its pitch-perfect performances.
80

Film Threat by Eric Campos

With Tokyo Sonata, Kurosawa shows that he has quite the flair for dry humor and peppers this film with just the perfect amount.
80

The New York Times by Manohla Dargis

Tokyo Sonata, looks like a family melodrama -- if a distinctly eccentric variant on the typical domestic affair -- there is more than a touch of horror to its story of a salaryman whose downsizing sets off a series of cataclysmic events.
83

The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

As always, Kurosawa masterfully controls his film's framing and sound design, and as always, the painstakingly precise mise-en-scene can feel a little overdone at times.

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