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Tony Takitani back to product details

Ah, Tony...
written by talltale January 11, 2006 - 4:41 PM PST
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
All about belongings, loss, loneliness and depression (is there a more depressed civilization than Japan? Or is it just their movies?), TONY TAKITANI is a very small jewel, the value of which will depend enormously on the patience of the viewer. Barely 70 minutes long (plus credits), it moves at a stately pace, with the performances, direction, writing and wonderful music (by Ryuichi Sakamoto) all adding to a graceful, quiet whole. Or hole, depending on your judgment. The characters alternate between narrating the story and speaking the dialog; the palette is mostly drained of color; and the images, while never sharp, are not quite fuzzy. What happens is obvious but strange, and by the end a tiny step may have been taken by the protagonist. Or maybe not.

I can't say I enjoyed this movie but I found it interesting and thought/feeling-provoking. How depressed IS Japan? And what might America have to do with that depression? Tony gets his name from his dad's American friend, just after the war, and his wife is clearly a product of the current consumer culture. Other hints are dropped--but so quietly and about so many different things. "Tony Takitani" is not to be compared to almost anything else, I think.


(Average 7.20)
49 Votes
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