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Lily Franky's bestselling novel Tokyo Tower - Mom & Me, and Sometimes Dad has already spawned a drama special, a TV series, and a 2007 feature film starring Odagiri Joe. As the title suggests, the story focuses on a touching mother-son relationship amidst the lights of 1970s Tokyo. Without bells or whistles, Lily Franky's autobiography has sold over two million copies in Japan on the force of its nostalgic, heart-tugging story, and the film directed by Matsuoka Joji (Sayonara, Kuro) has found similar success at the Japanese box office. Acclaimed actor Odagiri Joe (Yureru), in a markedly restrained performance, stars as the son, alongside real-life mother-and-daughter actresses Kiki Kirin and Uchida Yayako, who play the mother in her young and elder years. The film also co-stars popular actress Matsu Takako (The Hidden Blade) and veteran actor Kobayashi Kaoru, and features a long line-up of unassuming celebrity cameos. Touching a common chord with both critics and moviegoers, Tokyo Tower - Mom & Me, and Sometimes Dad has received 14 nominations at the 31st Japan Academy Awards, nods in every possible category.

After moving from the coal mining town of Fukuoka to Tokyo to study art, Masaya (Odagiri Joe) finds himself fumbling in life, unable to set a direction for himself. Masaya takes after both his parents, and is often balancing both the good and the bad he has inherited from his strong, gentle mother and reckless, irresponsible father. Lost in the bright lights of the big city, he struggles to make a living. Everything changes one day when he finds out that his mother has been diagnosed with cancer...

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Product Title: Tokyo Tower - Mom & Me, And Sometimes Dad (DVD) (Movie) (Japan Version) 東京鐵塔 我的母親 父親 (DVD) (電影版) (日本版) 东京铁塔 我的母亲 父亲 (DVD) (电影版) (日本版) 東京タワー オカンとボクと、時々、オトン Tokyo Tower - Mom & Me, And Sometimes Dad (DVD) (Movie) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Matsu Takako | Kobayashi Kaoru | Odagiri Joe | Sasaki Sumie | Harada Chisako | Yuuki Mieko | Watanabe Misako | Kiki Kirin | Tsubaki Nekoze | Tanaka Shohei | Tomiura Satoshi | Tanihata Kanato | Uchida Yayako 松隆子 | 小林薰 | 小田切讓 | Sasaki Sumie | 原知佐子 | 結城美榮子 | 渡邊美佐子 | 樹木希林 | 貓背樁 | 田中祥平 | 冨浦智嗣 | 谷端奏人 | 內田也哉子 松隆子 | 小林薰 | 小田切让 | Sasaki Sumie | 原知佐子 | 结城美荣子 | 渡边美佐子 | 树木希林 | 猫背桩 | 田中祥平 | 冨浦智嗣 | 谷端奏人 | 内田也哉子 松たか子 | 小林薫 | オダギリジョー | 佐々木すみ江 | 原知佐子 | 結城美栄子 | 渡辺美佐子 | きき きりん | 猫背椿 | 田中祥平 | 冨浦智嗣 | 谷端奏人 | 内田也哉子 마츠 타카코 | Kobayashi Kaoru | 오다기리 죠 | Sasaki Sumie | Harada Chisako | Yuuki Mieko | Watanabe Misako | Kiki Kirin | Tsubaki Nekoze | Tanaka Shohei | Tomiura Satoshi | Tanihata Kanato | Uchida Yayako
Director: Matsuoka Joji 松岡錠司 松冈锭司 松岡錠司 Matsuoka Joji
Release Date: 2007-10-24
Publisher Product Code: VPBT-12836
Language: Japanese
Country of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Publisher: VAP
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004997863

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
松岡錠司 (監督) / オダギリジョー / 樹木希林 / 内田也哉子 / リリー・フランキー (原作)

[特典情報]
特典ディスク付/映像特典収録

製作国 : 日本 (Japan)
公開年 : 2007

[ストーリー]
九州の小倉。変わり者のオトンはボクが小さい頃から別居していて、15歳で家を出るまでボクはオカンと共に暮らしていた。やがて故郷を離れボクは東京の美大に通い、オカンにあらゆる迷惑をかけ続けながら、ぐうたらな生活を続けていた。だが、ようやく「ボクの最低の底もつき」、ついに仕事を始める。やがて、ボクは食えるようになり、オカンを東京に呼び寄せる。オカンと共にはじめて手にした我が家。気兼ねなく暮らし、オカンはボクの友達にも飯を振る舞い、楽しい生活が始まった。ところが、オカンの身体は進行ガンに冒されていたのだった……。

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Awards

This film has won 5 award(s) and received 12 award nomination(s).
  • Asian Film Awards 2008
  • Hong Kong Films Awards 2008
    • Best Asian Film Nomination
  • Japan Academy Prize 2008
    • Picture of the Year Winner
    • Director of the Year Winner, Matsuoka Joji
    • Screen Play of the Year Winner, Matsuo Suzuki
    • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Nomination, Odagiri Joe
    • Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Winner, Kiki Kirin
    • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Winner, Kobayashi Kaoru
    • Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Nomination, Matsu Takako
    • Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Nomination
    • Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing Nomination
    • Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction Nomination
    • Outstanding Achievement in Music Nomination
    • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Recording Nomination
    • Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction Nomination
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Professional Review of "Tokyo Tower - Mom & Me, And Sometimes Dad (DVD) (Movie) (Japan Version)"

February 5, 2008

This professional review refers to Tokyo Tower - Mom & Me, And Sometimes Dad (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Tokyo Tower - Me, Mom, and Sometimes Dad is a bit of a surprise right out of the gate. The third adaptation of the popular novel within a year (after the television movie and television series by Fuji), this tearjerker about a dying mother and her son could've been written by a standard television writer. However, the producers picked actor/director Suzuki Matsuo as its writer instead, even though he's more known behind-the-scenes for his writing/directing debut, the eccentric and maniacal comedy Koi No Mon. Furthermore, instead of going with a more traditional-looking idol for its leading man, the filmmakers chose Joe Odagiri, whose cool exterior (including that jungle hair) doesn't usually make him the first choice for family melodramas. Most surprising of all is the fact that Tokyo Tower manages to subvert expectations by doing more than just go through the motions of an Asian terminal illness film.

The story is well-known by now: based on an auto-biographical novel by Renaissance man Lili Franky, Tokyo Tower tells the story of Masaya (Joe Odagiri) and his mother Eiko (played by two actresses, more on that later). The film opens on the inevitable: Eiko has already been admitted to the hospital, while Masaya balances spending time with his mother and working at multiple jobs, including one as a perverted radio personality. Meanwhile, the film flashes back to Masaya's childhood, when his mother moved them back to her hometown to get away from his deadbeat dad, who eventually does have a minor presence in his life.

Tired of the countryside, Masaya moves to Tokyo to go to art school, but ends up spending his mother's money to take on some of his father's worst habits. Eiko works even harder to support her son, while he gradually gets deeper into debt. However, by the time he gets back on his feet, his mother has been diagnosed with cancer. Looking for a chance to finally take care of his mother, he asks her to live with him in Tokyo, where she will spend the rest of her days. Believe me, it's not really a spoiler.

Director Joji Matsuoka tones the illness part of the story down considerably, concentrating on Masaya's somewhat fractured relationship with his parents, despite the fact that the flashbacks revolve around Eiko's last moments. Nevertheless, he sticks to the biographical style of the novel by retaining a subdued tone throughout most of the film, only driving up the emotions when the moment calls for it and rarely sensationalizing them. The director's work here is mostly invisible, with very few flashes of directorial showmanship. Meanwhile, Tokyo Tower may be a sobering film about terminal illness and familial relationships, but Matsuo's sometimes-off-putting sense of humor, which sometimes shows up at the oddest moments, adds an amusing edge that may not always be appropriate, but is still strangely effective.

The actors still go through it all with a straight face, especially Joe Odagiri. He turns in a low-key performance that carries a seemingly natural likeability instead of Odagiri's usual cool, making his Masaya an easy character to root for. With less to do, but still excellent are real-life daughter and mother Yayako Uchida and Kirin Kiki playing young and old Eiko, respectively. While Kirin has to do most of the heavy lifting, depicting the cancer-stricken stage of Eiko's life, Uchida holds her own as the young Eiko. On the other hand, Takako Matsu is given a thankless role as Masaya's girlfriend, a vastly underwritten role that seems penciled in to include the obligatory love interest. However, the lack of interest in the character has more to do with the filmmakers trying to fit everything in 140 minutes than Matsu's acting abilities.

While some may not find the film very touching, Matsuoka handles the material in a relatively naturalistic fashion. There are only a handful of moments that can be deemed "emotionally manipulative", but one can't expect a film like Tokyo Tower to completely give up on affecting its audience anyway. Love for family is one of the most basic emotions, and these filmmakers are certainly not the first people to use it to their advantage (remember: third adaptation within a year.). On the other hand, Matsuo's screenplay doesn't always use the age-old tricks to tell its story, which breathes a hint of fresh air into a classic (and nearly stale) genre formula. As a film that balances old-fashioned storytelling with unusual humor, Tokyo Tower deserves more than its "just another adaptation" label. It may not be the most touching version of the story, but if you at least feel the impulse to pick up the phone and call your mother after watching it, then it was successful enough.

By Kevin Ma

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (3)

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July 24, 2008

This customer review refers to Tokyo Tower - Mom & Me, And Sometimes Dad (DVD) (English Subtitled) (2-Disc Deluxe Edition) (Taiwan Version)
Very good movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This movie got many echo ring inside you mind and you will ask yourselves many question, what should I do? Where should I go? When should I leave? It is because most of the situation mention in the movie, you will going to experience and have a really hard time. I am deeply touched by this movie because too many same picture appear in my mind, too. I really wish every child of their parent should watch and love your parent more. Time fly....
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March 2, 2008

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A towering achievement Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
"Tokyo Tower (Mom & Me, and Sometimes Dad)" packs an emotional wallop. It tells of a relationship between mother and son, from the son's childhood through his mature adulthood. Odagiri Joe stars as the son, Masaya, who is shunted between his separated parents as a child, and in the process develops a yearning for his mother's love and an irresponsible streak reflecting his father's thoughtlessness. After he moves to Tokyo, his mother begins a battle with cancer. After the cancer recurs, Masaya brings his mother to Tokyo to live with him.

It is here when the film's emotional grip really takes hold, as we watch the mother's health slowly deteriorate and the son's efforts to hold onto her. It is rare to find a film that so deeply and honestly explores the bond between parent and child. The movie is particularly powerful because its characters are not plaster saints, but flawed human beings.

Mr. Odagiri, Kiki Kirin (as his elderly mother), Uchida Yayako (as Masaya's young mother), Kobayashi Kaoru (as the father), and the luminous Matsu Takako (as Masaya's girlfriend) all give full-bodied, believable performances.

Anyone who has lost a loved one will find "Tokyo Tower" to be a cathartic and uplifting experience. Its emotional power is such that I had to turn the film off and give myself a 5-minute break as it neared its climax. This is no mere manipulative tearjerker; "Tokyo Tower" is real life. Watch it!
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December 26, 2007

Tokidoki English subtitles Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I love this movie but I need it with English subtitles so I can show it in my Asian Literature class here in NYC. The performances are wonderful, you get to see Kokura. Fascinating how different this movie is from the book. For example, Lily Frankie's book, "Boku" talks about how guilty he feels sometimes because Nagasaki was A-bombed instead of Kokura so he is okay but his uncle in Nagasaki was wounded terribly.
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