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Tokyo Sonata

Tôkyô sonata

Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Japan, Netherlands, 2008


A portrait of a seemingly ordinary Japanese family. The father loses his job but hides the fact to everyone; the eldest son hardly returns home; the youngest one takes piano lessons without telling his parents; and the mother, who should keep the family together, cannot find the will to do so.

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Let it be known: arty genre master—starting in pinku sex films, graduating to thrillers and J-horror—Kurosawa is one of our favorite working directors. With this Cannes award winner, Kurosawa scored his biggest hit with an unusual blend a redemptive family drama, dystopic dread, and deadpan humor.

Tokyo Sonata Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

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