Tokyo Sonata Known for distinctive horror movies like Cure and Pulse , inventive Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa finds just the right melancholy tone to suit a new… Tokyo Sonata Known for distinctive horror movies like Cure and Pulse , inventive Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa finds just the right melancholy tone to suit a new… 2009-03-13 PG-13 PT119M Drama Teruyuki Kagawa Kyoko Koizumi Inowaki Kai Koji Yakusho Regent Entertainment
Movie Review

Tokyo Sonata (2009)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
Embraceable You: Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Tokyo Sonata
Embraceable You: Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Tokyo Sonata
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Limited Release: Mar 13, 2009; Rated: PG-13; Length: 119 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Teruyuki Kagawa and Kyoko Koizumi; Distributor: Regent Entertainment

Known for distinctive horror movies like Cure and Pulse, inventive Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa finds just the right melancholy tone to suit a new and all too familiar kind of horror: economic downsizing. In Tokyo Sonata, a haunting half-dream of a domestic drama, a Tokyo salaryman (Kagawa) loses his job and hides the news from his wife (Koizumi) and two sons by leaving for ''work'' each day. Soon each family member is similarly engrossed in a secret life. Charismatic Koji Yakusho (Shall We Dance?) plays a mad, mysterious stranger who blows by with his own existential crisis. A–

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Originally posted Mar 18, 2009 Published in issue #1040 Mar 27, 2009 Order article reprints