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Tony Takitani (2004)

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88

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 52
Fresh: 46 | Rotten: 6

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

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Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 0

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

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A man who has lived a life of emotional isolation discovers the dark side of falling in love in this drama from Japanese filmmaker Jun Ichikawa. Tony Takitani (Issey Ogata) is the son of a Japanese musician with a passion for jazz who spent most of World War II in Shanghai, and was later sentenced to a stretch in prison following the war. Tony was named in honor of an American serviceman who befriended his father, but his name also earned him the suspicion of his classmates, and he had few close

Jan 10, 2006

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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.

December 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Though it falters as a narrative, Tony Takitani sticks in the mind with its poetic contemplativeness.

November 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Like a cultivated orchid, the delicate product of careful attention and an appreciation for fleeting beauty.

October 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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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.

October 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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It's a film for specialized tastes, quiet, delicate. But it suits those tastes beautifully.

September 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Tony Takitani, fablelike and beautiful, requires a certain amount of patience, but its small, peculiar charms work their way into your soul.

September 8, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Scarcely satisfies, yet it lingers -- limpidity of image along with imperceptible epiphanies

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Ichikawa brilliantly captures Murakami's blend of whimsy, irony and melancholy, while finding intelligent and inventive ways to convert the author's verbal idiosyncrasies to a visual medium.

June 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

This could reverently be called a model of minimalism, but I am more inclined to call it dull as dishwater.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Filme de construção poética e delicada, encanta pelo tocante estudo de personagens e por discutir, através de seus quadros reveladores, temas complexos como a solidão, a natureza da memória, fetiches e obsessões.

June 26, 2006
Cinema em Cena

An impressive achievement.

June 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Jun Ichikawa's slight, lovely little drama understands the pleasure of seeing, using many quiet, patient takes to absorb its delicate visuals.

April 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

embodies that lose-lose conundrum we all face: loneliness is painful, but finding and then losing love is just as bad

January 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Ichikawa evokes the heady and suffocating effect of the past playing irrevocable catch-up with itself.

January 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

It's a serene experience, letting the film wash over you and transport you into its isolated, melancholy little world.

December 31, 2005 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

it's a hypnotic mood piece on love and loss, one that knows -- at 75 minutes -- not to overstay its welcome.

December 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

The Japanese movie is tranquil, smoothly connecting its scenes with gradual pans from one image to the next, accompanied by spare music that sounds like early morning and loneliness.

December 8, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The pacing is reserved to the point of being funereal, and the Ryuishi Sakamoto score is likely to lull you to sleep.

November 4, 2005 | Comment (1)
Salt Lake Tribune

It creates a mood that sweeps over you, that kind of movie works better on the big screen. On the small screen, it doesn't have the oomph to demand your attention.

October 28, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Heedlessly drawn to Eiko ... Tony takes a step onto spiritually hollow ground and falls through.... That's what this kind of ironic protagonist does, from Adam on down....

October 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Blogcritics.org
Blogcritics.org

... like an impressionistic documentary of a man resigned to his loneliness.

October 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

This is the sort of film you're pretty sure you won't like, but see anyway out of vague curiosity and emerge from its spell somehow changed.

October 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Impressively reduces Murakami's hard-boiled word world to a floating-picture world. But like Lish's edits of Ray Carver, it mutes a story that was nearly mute to begin with.

October 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Weekly
Seattle Weekly

Audience Reviews for Tony Takitani

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 :)
August 5, 2008
Saxia

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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.
February 4, 2008
binky013

Super Reviewer

Such a small and quiet yet enchanting film. An incredibly slow pace may make this film seem long, but it is so emotional the journey is worth it. Perfectly capturing Murakami's original narrative, it is reminiscent of the work of Yasujiro Ozu. Not a film for everyone but one that many will appreciate for it's honesty and restrained performances.
April 18, 2007
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[font=Century Gothic]The eponymous character of "Tony Takitani" is a son of a jazz musician. Takitani is himself a gifted artist but since he is so detached from human emotion, he is much more suited for drawing mechnical illustrations and makes a very successful living from that. Into his life comes a woman 15 years his junior. The first thing that Takitani notices about her is her clothes and how well she wears them. This is never a good sign by the way...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Tony Takitani" is a short effective mood piece that concerns itself what it means to be truly alone. It also comments quite well on the nature of materialism. I found it interesting that the camera spent most of the movie panning to the right.[/font]
August 28, 2005
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