Films

Tony Takitani

Director: Jun Ichikawa

Country:  Japan

Year of Production:  2004

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Synopsis

An award-winning and unprecedented film adaptation of the work of internationally-acclaimed author, HARUKI MURAKAMI, director JUN ICHIKAWA brings to the screen Murakami's emotive tale of solitude and obsession accompanied by a haunting original soundtrack from Academy Award-winning composer and musician, RYUICHI SAKAMOTO. Starring ISSEY OGATA and RIE MIYAZAWA, this unique film is one of the finest adaptations of the work of a major writer ever brought to the screen.

Tony Takitani had a solitary childhood. Used to being self-sufficient, Tony seems to find emotions illogical and immature; until he meets and becomes fascinated by Eiko, a woman who in turn is fascinated by high end fashion.

Eventually Tony marries Eiko, and his life changes. He feels vibrantly alive and for the first time he understands, and fears, loneliness. But Eiko's obsession with designer clothes begins to worry Tony. When he asks her to economize, the consequences are tragic.

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Cast

Starring:  Issey Ogata, Rie Miyazawa, Hidetoshi Nishijima

Credits

Director: Jun Ichikawa

Writer(s):  From the short story by Haruki Murakami

Producers:  Ishida Motoki

Music:  Ryuichi Sakamoto

Production Details

Country:  Japan

Year of Production:  2004

Language:  Japanese

Duration:  75 minutes

Shooting gauge:  35mm

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Genre(s): 

  • Drama

DVD Release Date:  21st April 2006

Also available on Blu-Ray:  24th July 2006

Reviews

PHILIP FRENCH, THE OBSERVER

"An exquisite Japanese movie with a minimum of dialogue, a continual voice-over narrative and carefully composed shots... Watching the film is like reading a minimalist New Yorker short story and conjuring up pictures in one's mind. The film is, in fact, based on a New Yorker short story by Haruki Murakami and has about it something approaching perfection"

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TONY RAYNS, SIGHT AND SOUND

"a film that's as near as dammit perfect"

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EMPIRE

"sublime"

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NIGEL ANDREWS, THE FINANCIAL TIMES

"...a pearl. The brevity is exquisite. Before the film has begun it is over"

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NIGEL ANDREWS, THE FINANCIAL TIMES

TIME OUT

"Delicate and moving Murakami adaptation with a deceptive bite"

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THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

"A gem"

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