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The Uncanny Universe of Kiyoshi Kurosawa
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Tokyo Sonata

Tôkyô sonata

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Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Japan, Netherlands, 2008
Drama
      Japanese
      English, Spanish

Synopsis

When Ryuhei is dumped from his job, his family’s happy life is put at risk. Unwilling to accept the shame of unemployment, he decides not to tell anyone, instead leaving home each morning in suit and tie with briefcase, spending his days searching for work and lining up for soup with the homless.

Our take

If any movie changed the perception that Kiyoshi Kurosawa only excelled at horror films, this is it: a domestic drama—the hallowed realm of Ozu—but reinvented. A prizewinner at Cannes, he scored his biggest hit yet with an unusual blend of redemptive family story, dystopian dread, and deadpan humor.

The Uncanny Universe of Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Synopsis

When Ryuhei is dumped from his job, his family’s happy life is put at risk. Unwilling to accept the shame of unemployment, he decides not to tell anyone, instead leaving home each morning in suit and tie with briefcase, spending his days searching for work and lining up for soup with the homless.

Our take

If any movie changed the perception that Kiyoshi Kurosawa only excelled at horror films, this is it: a domestic drama—the hallowed realm of Ozu—but reinvented. A prizewinner at Cannes, he scored his biggest hit yet with an unusual blend of redemptive family story, dystopian dread, and deadpan humor.

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Tokyo SonataDirected byKiyoshi Kurosawa
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Cannes Film Festival
2008 | Winner: Un Certain Regard Jury Prize

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