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Tokyo Sonata (Tokyo Sonata) Reviews

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Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes
September 29, 2015
A film that effectively examines both the familial conflicts in Japan's transitioning society and the wondrous avenues each individual within the family explores.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Asch
Stop Smiling
September 29, 2015
The family is just one of the nuclear units on the brink of systemic collapse in Kurosawa's mordant contemporary opus, which... builds up an edifice of wit around tragedy.
Genevieve Yue
Film Comment Magazine
October 20, 2014
[H]ere, perhaps more urgently than ever before, it's about what happens when people confront the world outside, and what new, fragile connections they might begin to forge.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
The movie slides into a kind of bizarre hyperreality that makes its desperation slightly hallucinatory but, paradoxically, more moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 16, 2011
There's a lesson in Tokyo Story. The lesson has to do with kindness and human interaction.
Emanuel Levy
May 7, 2011
A highlight of the Cannes Film Fest, Tokyo Sonata should broaden Kurosawa's appeal in the U.S.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Mark Peranson
Globe and Mail
September 14, 2010
Though far from flawless, it's an adventurous work that is both disturbing and ultimately moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 8, 2010
A horror film of a different sort from director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who made his reputation as a "J-horror" director of intelligent supernatural thrillers ...
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Sean Axmaker
May 4, 2010
Japanese horror maestro Kiyoshi Kurosawa applies his offbeat approach to the uniquely Japanese brand of dysfunctional family comedy in this droll satire.
Dan Fainaru
Screen International
December 16, 2009
Taking a break from his regular diet of fantasy and horror, Japan's Kiyoshi Kurosawa delivers here a fierce indictment of modern-day Japan.
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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
July 17, 2009
Kurosawa is the rare director who simply lets his film dissolve into music, allowing the plot to take the film naturally to a musical conclusion.
Sarah Boslaugh
July 10, 2009
Kurosawa's relaxed pacing and lack of concern for explaining every last thing will be a welcome relief if you've wearied of blockbusters...
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 9, 2009
Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa cut his teeth on horror movies, and his flattened, formal style mines the horror in everyday urban life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
June 26, 2009
Kagawa does the heavy dramatic lifting in Tokyo Sonata, convincingly portraying a good man flailing against reality. But Koizumi is similarly effective, and the brooding child actor Kai is also top-notch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
June 26, 2009
Kurosawa's first domestic drama is music to general audience's ears.
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
June 26, 2009
A skilful and continually surprising drama, Tokyo Sonata depicts the gradual deterioration of an ordinary Japanese family after its breadwinner loses his job owing to corporate downsizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
June 25, 2009
The film transcends conventions of genre and cultural boundaries, and turns out to be one of the most compelling, finely orchestrated and oddly enchanting films of the year so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
June 19, 2009
The film in many ways is the bleakest indictment of contemporary Japanese culture I've seen. Yet it also functions as dark comedy, fierce character study and uplifting tale of redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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June 13, 2009
Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (no relation to the master) is best known for his up-market horror films (Cure, Retribution, and many others.) Here he is dealing with a horror of a different sort: the meltdown of the Japanese economy and the collapse of the soc
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Inside Bay Area
June 12, 2009
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