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.
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.
Ao início, talvez durante a primeira hora, parece faltar conteúdo ou uma espécie de justificação à emoção dos personagens - sente-se haver um vazio por preencher. Quando passada essa hora, tudo muda. A um certo desconforto em relação aos personagens - mérito de K. Kurosawa - junta-se uma maior profundidade emocional e o filme torna-se num belo ensaio sobre aparência, fragmentações e complexidade de cada um.
A film of remarkable breadth and integrity. Familial facades shatter, characters embrace their demons, and as a result learn to accept themselves - so it's really a horror gendai-geki, thankfully laced with black humor, appropriate melodrama, and some brilliant performances. Whether or not you accept the third act, if your cinematic pulse doesn't race during 'Claire de lune', you probably don't have a soul.
Obra que dirige la atención a cada personaje como protagonista, en historias que inician juntas, se separan y se vuelven a unir en múltiples oportunidades. Basada en historias cotidianas de los integrantes de una familia de clase media de Tokio, que entra en una crisis aguda, profunda, en que los valores y la reflexión pueden ser la única esperanza para intentar rescatarla y encontrar su verdadero valor.
A scalping family study, an excellent psychological study of incommunicability, melancholy and deception.Kurosawa paints family relationships, daily routines, banal quotidien and interior pain like no one did,really.Tokyo Sonata is a slow exploration of our lives, a mind-blowing film of intense bravura.I am stunned.This is the greatest film I have seen all year, saw it at the BIFF.
A perceptive study on shaming associated with redundancy at work. Kurosawa's film is one of assured direction, pace and pragmatic, although hopeful, redemption. The centrifugal tendencies that lead the family close to irrevocable demise are gently curbed and if it wasn't for some far-fetched character pyschology and some schematic visual metaphors we would have talked about an exceptional film. Worth watching though.