DVD Tony Takitani [1900] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 48529),
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Tony Takitani [1900] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • TONY TAKITANI is an eloquent, deftly told tale based on a short story published in The New Yorker, written by Japanese bestselling author Haruki Murakami (NORWEGIAN WOOD, KAFKA ON THE SHORE). Issey Ogata stars as the title character, a simple, undemanding mechanical draftsman who lives a lonely existence. His mother died shortly after he was born, and his father (also played by Ogata) is a jazz musician who is rarely around. But when Tony meets the young and beautiful Eiko (Miyazawa Rie), he falls for her instantly, despite their 15-year age difference. Their friendship slowly develops into love, and Tony soon discovers that Eiko is a shopaholic who cannot stop buying clothing. When tragedy strikes, Tony is forced to look at his life in a whole different way.

    Written and directed by Jun Ichikawa (RYOMA'S WIFE, HER HUSBAND AND HER LOVER), TONY TAKITANI is told in long scenes with little or no dialogue; sometimes the characters themselves finish parts of the narration, which is delivered by Hidetoshi Nishijima at a soft, deliberate pace. The intelligent script, which is extremely faithful to Murakami's original story, is accompanied by Ryuichi Sakamoto's gorgeous, spare score and Hirokawa Taishi's stark, captivating cinematography.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 25072-7

  • Credits
    Issey Ogata, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miyazawa Rie, Shinohara Takahumi, Shihodo Wataru, Kino Hana, Kusano Toru, Oyamada Sayuri, Tanigawa Saho
  • Critic Reviews
    "A delicate wisp of a film with a surprisingly sharp sting..."
    New York Times

    "It's a quiet dream of a movie, a vision of loneliness giving way to love..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    Included in Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Films Of The Year -- "A quiet dream of a movie -- it's like VERTIGO refashioned into a sedately haunted Japanese tone poem."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[T]he film renders Murakami's story very satisfyingly; it's an engrossing and affecting watch."
    Sight and Sound

    4 stars out of 5 -- "A small, perfectly formed tale of loneliness and addiction, it succeeds in matching the way the action in Murakami's prose takes place between the lines."
    Total Film

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