Tony Takitani

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



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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 shopaholic. Confusion also begins to develop when it appears that Eiko has a double.


Issei Ogata
as Tony Takitani/Shozaburo Takitani
Rie Miyazawa
as Eiko Konuma/Hisako
Takahumi Shinohara
as Young Tony Takitani

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Critic Reviews for Tony Takitani

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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.

    Dec 8, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Though it falters as a narrative, Tony Takitani sticks in the mind with its poetic contemplativeness.

    Nov 4, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Like a cultivated orchid, the delicate product of careful attention and an appreciation for fleeting beauty.

    Oct 21, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 13, 2005 | Full Review…
  • It's a film for specialized tastes, quiet, delicate. But it suits those tastes beautifully.

    Sep 29, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • Tony Takitani, fablelike and beautiful, requires a certain amount of patience, but its small, peculiar charms work their way into your soul.

    Sep 8, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Tony Takitani


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

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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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 :)

Saskia D.
Saskia D.

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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.

Lanning : )
Lanning : )

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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.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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