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J-Horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa turns successfully to dramedy and gives a unique (and specifically national) perspective to the universal subjects of family and identity. Read critic reviews

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Ryûhei Sasaki (Teruyuki Kagawa) is keeping a secret from his wife, Megumi (Kyôko Koizumi), and his two teenage sons. Even though he leaves the house every day, he's not really going to work. He's going to an employment office. He recently lost his job due to outsourcing, but is determined to find another position, all while supporting an old friend who is also out of work. But when Megumi accidentally finds out Ryûhei's secret and doesn't tell him, her trust in him, and their marriage, suffers.

Cast & Crew

Teruyuki Kagawa
Ryuhei Sasaki
Kyôko Koizumi
Megumi Sasaki
Kai Inowaki
Kenji Sasaki
Haruka Igawa
Ms. Kaneko
Yû Koyanagi
Taka Sasaki
Jason Gray
American Soldier
Kazuya Kojima
Kobayashi-san
Yasushi Kotani
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Michael J. Werner
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Kazumasa Hashimoto
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Akiko Ashizawa
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Critic Reviews for Tokyo Sonata

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (84) | Rotten (5)

  • [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.

    October 20, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The movie slides into a kind of bizarre hyperreality that makes its desperation slightly hallucinatory but, paradoxically, more moving.

    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
  • Though far from flawless, it's an adventurous work that is both disturbing and ultimately moving.

    September 14, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 17, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa cut his teeth on horror movies, and his flattened, formal style mines the horror in everyday urban life.

    July 9, 2009 | Rating: 3/4
  • Kurosawa's first domestic drama is music to general audience's ears.

    June 26, 2009

Audience Reviews for Tokyo Sonata

  • May 04, 2012
    A perfect comedy and family drama all at the same time that does not tell a very intriguing story, but also specifically portrays Japan with realism.
    August S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2011
    This was actually pretty good. It was a little slow, but the story was interesting.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • May 05, 2010
    Goddamn this is what I needed after the horrible Couples Retreat. Never watch that movie everybody! Don't even think about it and if you do...kill yourself because that's about as low as you can get. Anyways, this is one goddamn great movie. What's great about it is that it's just so simple. Sometimes simplicity works best in dramas, not overly complicated contrived storylines, this movie is very easy to follow. Also, this movie combines both drama and comedy quite nicely into a nice little package, the movie doesn't take itself too seriously nor is it a laugh out loud comedy. Like I said it's a nice mix of both. One thing I had an issue with was that the last 1/3rd or so of the movie, things got a little nutty. There's a hostage situation, someone almost gets ran over by a car, and someone goes to prison. That all sounds fine, but in this movie, when that happens it just feels so out of place when compared to the rest of the movie, and during those scenes I felt it was just an excuse to get Koji Yakusho (who's a Kiyoshi Kurosawa regular) a part in the movie. At the end I turned out to be wrong, since those sequences actually played a part in how the movie would and how the characters would begin anew. Originally those nutty scenes were going to lower my score, but it all turned out fit perfectly so the score stays the same. With that said, this is a really great movie. It might seem a bit low-key but it's a great family movie...and by that I mean a movie about a family not a movie for the entire family. You know what I'm saying?!?!?! Anyways I fully recommend this movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2010
    A genuine feel to this tearjerker about a family's descent and the audiences' hope that they will find some redemption and resurrection by film's end. I'm sure that this mirrors far too many stories.
    John B Super Reviewer

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