New York Times - 07/29/2005
"A delicate wisp of a film with a surprisingly sharp sting..."
Entertainment Weekly - 08/12/2005
"It's a quiet dream of a movie, a vision of loneliness giving way to love..."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/30/2005
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."
Sight and Sound - 06/01/2006
"[T]he film renders Murakami's story very satisfyingly; it's an engrossing and affecting watch."
Total Film - 07/01/2006 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."
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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Theatrical Release: July 29, 2005
TONY TAKITANI was the winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno International Film Festival.