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Director Jun Ichikawa adapts a short story by Murakami Haruki to the big screen in Tony Takitani, a quirky, minimalist film that effectively tackles issues related to feelings of isolation, loss, and loneliness, fantastically translating Murakami's unique prose style to the cinema. Actor Ogata Issei (Yi Yi) portrays the title character, as the film traces his life, beginning with Tony's lonely childhood up to middle age. For Tony Takitani, being alone has simply been a fact of life. His mother passed away soon after she gave birth to him, and his father was never any good at being a parent, having more interest in playing in his jazz band than spending time with his only son. As he matured, Tony took an interest in art, displaying quite a natural talent, but even as his work receives some acclaim, his drawings seem to lack something in the way of feeling.

Things start to change for Tony when the beautiful Eiko enters his life. Portrayed by Miyazawa Rie (from The Twilight Samurai and Peony Pavillion), the mysterious Eiko captures Tony's heart and shows him a world of experience he has never known. But she also bears a terrible secret: it seems her taste in high fashion isn't just an interest, but an obsession, one that she can't control with tragic results. Will Tony recover from the loss? What will he do with her collection of designer clothes? And who is Hisako, a girl who bears an uncannily resemblance to Eiko? All these questions and more will be answered in Tony Takitani, a rich, beautifully crafted film that more than does justice to the Murakami Haruki original.

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Product Title: TONY TAKITANI Premium Edition (with 8P Booklet)(Japan Version-English Subtitles) 東尼瀧谷 Premium Edition (with 8P Booklet)(日本版-英文字幕) 东尼泷谷 Premium Edition (with 8P Booklet)(日本版-英文字幕) トニー滝谷 プレミアム・エディション TONY TAKITANI Premium Edition (with 8P Booklet)(Japan Version-English Subtitles)
Artist Name(s): Ogata Issei | Miyazawa Rie | Oyamada Sayuri | Nekota Nao | Kino Hana Ogata Issei | 宮澤理惠 | Oyamada Sayuri | 貓田直 | 木野 花 Ogata Issei | 宫泽理惠 | Oyamada Sayuri | 猫田直 | 木野花 イッセー尾形 | 宮沢りえ | 小山田サユリ | 猫田直 | 木野花 Ogata Issei | Miyazawa Rie | Oyamada Sayuri | Nekota Nao | Kino Hana
Release Date: 2005-09-22
Publisher Product Code: GNBD-1051
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Duration: 75 (mins)
Publisher: Geneon Universal Entertainment
Other Information: 2DVDs
Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004035076

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
市川準 (監督、脚本) / 坂本龍一 (音楽) / イッセー尾形 / 宮沢りえ


製作国 : 日本 (Japan)
公開年 : 2004


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July 8, 2005

From director Ichikawa Jun comes Tony Takitani, an inspired film adaptation of a Murakami Haruki short story. Featuring veteran actor Ogata Issei in the title role, the initial section of the film charts Tony Takitani's lonely childhood: his mother died not long after he was born, and his father's jazz pursuits often kept him away from home. It seems Tony was given his name with the idea that the more Western-sounding moniker would be an asset due to the United States' increasing influence in Japan. But instead, the name marks him as suspicious, even strange, and only further disconnects him from his classmates. As he grows older, Tony becomes a proficient artist, although his work is often criticized for its lack of emotional content. He's technically superior, but something is definitely lacking.

Miyazawa Rie soon enters the film, portraying Eiko, a beautiful woman with a smart sense of style and a secret obsession. Eventually, the two get married, and Tony finally recognizes what his life has been missing all these years. As their marriage progresses, Eiko's obsession with purchasing designer clothes on a daily basis begins to trouble Tony. When confronted, she promises to amend her shopaholic ways, but finds that going cold turkey isn't as easy as she'd hoped. It's then that the film takes a sharp turn, leaving Tony puzzled at what to do next.

In terms of tone, style, and execution, Tony Takitani is most assuredly an "art film" in the broadest sense of the term. While a fan may laud the movie for its languid pace, elliptic style, and ambiguous ending, it's easy to see how a detractor could turn these compliments into ample fodder for complaints. Yet for those who are willing to dial back their preconceived notions of what a film should be, Tony Takitani will definitely be a memorable cinematic experience. Director Ichikawa Jun gives the audience a lot to digest, and thus, it's the kind of movie that's likely to benefit from multiple viewings.

To mimic the Murakami short story, Ichikawa employs some low key narration by Nishijima Hidetomi that creates a sense of distance from the events as they occur, giving the film an almost fable-like quality. Yet even as this "distance" exists, at certain key moments, this voiceover intertwines with the dialogue of the actual characters. Another obvious touch by the director is his decision to have the camera constantly pan to the right in many scenes, particularly the ones detailing Tony's formative years. In this way, characters will slowly emerge out of the right side of the frame only to disappear as the camera scans past them. This technique creates a certain kind of tension in what we are seeing since it is almost as if we are overhearing a conversation or being exposed to just a snippet of someone's life. The sense of anticipation grows because the moment seems fleeting—we know exactly when the scene will be over, thus, what we "need to know" from the movie is contained in that one pass of the camera.

But the film isn't all about technique and style. This is a picture preoccupied with feelings of detachment, isolation, and loneliness. Tony Takitani celebrates love, yet in the tradition of almost every Wong Kar-Wai movie ever made, love is shown also to be something that can be debilitating, even destructive, especially when one is separated from the object of his or her affection. The metaphor of Eiko's clothes as ghosts evokes a discussion of the power of memory. Ghosts, like certain painful memories, seem to haunt us for the longest time. But as the movie explores, what happens when we finally exorcise those ghosts for good- will we feel better or somehow worse? So haunting is Tony Takitani, that once you've seen it, the memory of it will stay with you, whether you like it or not.

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May 15, 2007

Filling Up the Spiritual Emptiness
A lot of my friends went to see Tony Takitani (2004), adapted from Murakami Haruki's short story, just because of the fame of the writer. While I was no fan of Murakami Haruki, I still enjoyed the movie, partly thanks to the abundant beautiful brand-name clothes, partly due to the mood of emptiness behind the most fabulous attire.

Directed by Jun Ichikawa, the film features Ogata Issei as the title character as well as his father who is so obsessed with his jazz band that he always leaves Tony alone. Tony Takitani has gotten used to loneliness: his mother passed away soon after giving birth to him, and his Western name alienates him from his friends. By having the father and son portrayed by the same actor, the film brings out a point that the son not only inherits his father's appearance but also his solitude. His father uses jazz music to fill up his emptiness. How about Tony?

Apparently marriage gives him some sense of fulfillment. His wife Eiko, played by Miyazawa Rie, also in two roles in this film, completes his life. However, Eiko is addicted to buying expensive brand name clothes to an extent of psychological disorder. Before Eiko's shopaholic behavior begins to affect their relationship, Tony enjoys a never-before fulfilling feeling, as love is precisely what he lacks. But that fulfillment does not last long. When Tony is left alone again, he wants to find someone of Eiko's build to wear her clothes. Then enters Hisako who looks exactly like Eiko. However, Hisako's existence cannot cast away Tony's sense of loss, and his innermost emptiness remains.

The film might have many resonances for us as we all experience emptiness at certain moments in our lives. We have different ways to deal with that, from shopping (like Eiko) and playing jazz music (like Tony's father) to even finding substitutes for love (like Tony). But in the end, we all have to accept that as part of life. The calm and subtle style of Tony Takitani is perhaps hinting at the attitude we should hold in facing our own spiritual emptiness.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

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September 12, 2005

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A Great Movie! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I feel compelled to mention here that the movie version
that's been premiered in the theaters in the states
is absolutely wonderful. I am a big fan of Haruki
Murakami and so glad to have finally seen a movie made
based on one of his stories. I sincerely hope the
same director, Mr. Ichikawa, will do many more movies
including ones based on Murakami's novels.
The movie is so beautiful to watch and so heartbreakingly sad. Just like Murakami, it told
about loneliness and longing like no one else can. It's
such an elegant and stylish movie that right after I
left the theater, I wanted to see it again. I am sure
this will be a most worthy keeper. I only wish the
DVD- All version with English Subtitle will come here
very soon. This one is a 20, not a mere 10!
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