Tokyo Sonata Synopsis
A Japanese family slowly falls apart after the patriarch loses his job.
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San Francisco Chronicle

Kurosawa's film is heavyweight fare: disturbing, slightly over the top, but satisfying, like a rich meal with a powerful aftertaste.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jennie Punter
Turns out to be one of the most compelling, finely orchestrated and oddly enchanting films of the year so far.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Known for distinctive horror movies like "Cure" and "Pulse," inventive Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa finds just the right melancholy...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
An extraordinary work in three movements about the Sasakis, a seemingly ordinary family. In this unpredictable work, the clan implodes,...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Each performance in this plaintive work is superb, but Kyoko Koizumi's gently melancholy portrait of the businessman's wife keeps Tokyo...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
No, it doesn't turn into another horror film or a murder-suicide. It simply shows how lives torn apart by financial emergencies can be...
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Although envisioned before the world economy went to hell, Tokyo Sonata is relevant to the mess we're in now.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Tokyo Sonata, in so many senses, is about an allergic reaction to the very idea of what it means to be Japanese. The characters misplace...
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The Hollywood Reporter

Thanks to the script which invests the smallest scenes with dramatic significance, Tokyo Sonata enthrals audiences for the first hour with...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa is better known for horror films; this is a movie where the horror is internalized, and hideously truthful.
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One of the top movies I've seen recently

By bbm
Gorgeous and moving. I almost bursted into tears at the end (my girl friend did). Not only does this film have so much value as a social and cultural commentary, the production, story telling and...


By lugubriousthespian
Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa hit all the right notes in this drama that starts off as a stark drama about the downsizing and outsourcing of Japanese jobs to China when longtime company man Ryuhei (a very...

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Rated PG-13 | For thematic elements and brief strong language