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Tokyo Sonata (Tokyo Sonata) Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

There's a lesson in Tokyo Story. The lesson has to do with kindness and human interaction.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 16, 2011
Emanuel Levy

A highlight of the Cannes Film Fest, Tokyo Sonata should broaden Kurosawa's appeal in the U.S.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

May 7, 2011
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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 Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 88/100

May 8, 2010
Sean Axmaker

Japanese horror maestro Kiyoshi Kurosawa applies his offbeat approach to the uniquely Japanese brand of dysfunctional family comedy in this droll satire.

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May 4, 2010
Dan Fainaru
Screen International

Taking a break from his regular diet of fantasy and horror, Japan's Kiyoshi Kurosawa delivers here a fierce indictment of modern-day Japan.

Full Review Source: Screen International

December 16, 2009
Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 17, 2009
Sarah Boslaugh

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 Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 8/10

July 10, 2009
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa cut his teeth on horror movies, and his flattened, formal style mines the horror in everyday urban life.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

July 9, 2009
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

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 Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 26, 2009
Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
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Kurosawa's first domestic drama is music to general audience's ears.

June 26, 2009
Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 26, 2009
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 4/4

June 25, 2009
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

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 Source: Fresno Bee | Original Score: A-

June 19, 2009
Jonathan F. Richards
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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

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June 13, 2009
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Inside Bay Area

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Full Review Source: Inside Bay Area

June 12, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

While the first half of Tokyo Sonata plays like a darkish comedy, the last half is both bleaker and more emotionally engaging.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

May 15, 2009
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A realistic social drama, but the story taps deep, cold wellsprings of dread.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 14, 2009
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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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 their belief in etiquette, politesse, dignity, and propriety -- or they struggle to maintain it.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

May 7, 2009
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Although Kurosawa is able to balance tones ranging from humor to unexpected domestic violence, his fantastical transition comes a wee bit left of field, requiring his audience to regain their equilibrium.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

May 1, 2009
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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An extraordinary work in three movements about the Sasakis, a seemingly ordinary family. In this unpredictable work, the clan implodes, explodes, and glues itself back together.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 1, 2009
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