Tony Takitani

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 53


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User Ratings: 4,365
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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

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (19)

  • 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

  • Jul 17, 2010
    I love Haruki Murakami's stories, so I was predisposed to love this, and Ichikawa does a sterling job of turning a slight delicate tale into a slight, delicate film that conveys all the complexities of a life lived and a relationship won and lost, never hitting you over the head with a plot line, and always leaving a little space for unanswered questions and imagined what-ifs. Magical.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2010
    the minimal dialogue was nice. the overtones of loneliness and masochistic deprivation were pretty standard japanese fare.
    steve c Super Reviewer
  • Aug 31, 2009
    Beautiful look at boredom is intricately simple and interesting. But the compelling start, ends up somewhat devoid of real story and leaves you feeling empty.
    Bert R Super Reviewer
  • Mar 03, 2008
    Beautiful, but slow and subtle. Captures isolation perfectly. Nicely filmed with sad mood throughout. Unusual and worth a look.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer

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