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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. <br> <br> 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 Hide...
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CastOyamada Sayuri
DirectorJun Ichikawa
Release Date:  2005
MPAA Rating:  Unrated
DVD Release Date:  Strand Releasing (January 10, 2006)
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review by . February 18, 2009
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Haruki Murakami is one of Japan's celebrated modern novelist. His works usually consists of stories of life, longing, love and loss--blended in surrealism with Murakami's gifted way of phrases. His stories are often magical but maintains a realist feel and his descriptions are full of mood. Adapting his short story "TONY TAKITANI" would be no simple task, but director Jun Ichikawa (Osaka Story, Tokyo Lullaby) succeeds in bringing this story to life--mostly because he almost follows the novel word …
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