Tony Takitani (2005)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Despite its deceptive wispiness, this delicately lovely and melancholy film about loneliness has a haunting power.


Movie Info

Due to his Western name, Tony was shunned by other kids and spent a solitary childhood. Though gifted as an artist, his drawings lacked feeling, so as an adult, he carved a career as a technical illustrator. Then in middle age, Tony suddenly falls for a pretty young woman, Eiko Konuma, who visits him one day on business. Eiko is like an angel in Tony's daily existence, and for the first time in his life, he feels connected to the outside world. However, Eiko does have one fault: she's a clothing … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International , Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Haruki Murakami , Jun Ichikawa
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 10, 2006
Runtime:
Strand Releasing - Official Site

Cast


as Tony Takitani/Shozab...

as Eiko Konuma/Hisako

as Young Tony Takitani

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Critic Reviews for Tony Takitani

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (21)

An ethereal modern fable without a moral, Tony Takatani seeps into the soul and lingers. For filmgoers in search of a quietly absorbing escape, it might be the perfect holiday-movie antidote.

Full Review… | December 8, 2005
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Though it falters as a narrative, Tony Takitani sticks in the mind with its poetic contemplativeness.

Full Review… | November 4, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Like a cultivated orchid, the delicate product of careful attention and an appreciation for fleeting beauty.

Full Review… | October 21, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It's a marvelously moody meditation, beautiful to look at and beautiful to ponder as the camera slowly pans from one scene to the next, framing life as still life.

Full Review… | October 13, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

It's a film for specialized tastes, quiet, delicate. But it suits those tastes beautifully.

Full Review… | September 29, 2005
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Scarcely satisfies, yet it lingers -- limpidity of image along with imperceptible epiphanies

Full Review… | September 1, 2009
CinePassion

Audience Reviews for Tony Takitani

½

Beautiful, but slow and subtle. Captures isolation perfectly. Nicely filmed with sad mood throughout.
Unusual and worth a look.

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Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

I couldn't imagine how one of Murakami's stories could be captured on film. But I must say, that Jun Ichikawa did a great job! I loved how the characters seemed to belong in the clean and simple surroundings they were in. It was consistent with the way Murakami describes his characters and their surroundings. I don't know man, I'm not a critic, I'm a fan, and Ichikawa can count on my support :)

Saxia
Saskia D.

Super Reviewer

½

An extremely quiet movie, so if you're into action, this isn't for you. This one captures best the mix of loneliness, discovered love, and missed opportunities for connection -- all hallmarks of Haruki Murakami's fiction. The very last telephone hang-up touches the very core of Murakami's vision of modern life and love. Although this film is less "magical" than Murakami can be at the height of his stories, there is at least quirkiness which could easliy turn magically into something surreal. Good examples are the car accident that results from an obsession with clothing, or the empty closet dream sequence. Putting Murakami on film with any kind of truth to the text must be a daunting task.

binky013
Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

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