TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Country: Japan, Hong Kong, Netherlands, The
Language: Japanese
Year: 2008
Running Time: 119 min
SYNOPSIS
TOKYO SONATA is a portrait of a seemingly ordinary Japanese family. The father who abruptly loses his job conceals the truth from his family; the eldest son in college hardly returns home; the youngest son furtively takes piano lessons without telling his parents; and the mother, who knows deep down that her role is to keep the family together, cannot find the will to do so. From the exterior, all is normal and the same. But somehow, a single, unforeseeable chasm has appeared within the family, only to spread ever so quietly and quickly to disintegrate them.
CREDITS
Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Producer Yukie Kito
Producer Wouter Barendrecht
Executive Producer Yasushi Kotani
Executive Producer Michael J. Werner
Production Company Entertainment Farm
Production Company Fortissimo Films
Editor Koichi Takahashi
Music Kazumasa Hashimoto
Screenplay Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Screenplay Sachiko Miura
Original Story Max Mannix
Production Design Tomoyuki Maruo
Production Design Tomoe Matsumoto
Visual Effects Supervisor Shuji Asano
Sound Mixer Masayuki Iwakura
Lighting Designer Tokuju Ichikawa
Director of Photography Akiko Ashizawa
CAST
Teruyuki Kagawa
Kyoko Koizumi
Haruka Igawa
Yu Koyanagi
Kai Inowaki
Koji Yakusho
ADDITIONAL INFO
Jury Prize - Cannes film Festival, Best Film - Osian's Cinefan, Best Director -Mar del Plata Film Festival, Best Film & Best Screenwriter - Asian Film Awards, Best Actress & Best New Actor - Kinema Jumpo Award
 
Kiyoshi Kurosawa  | director
Born on July 19th, 1955 in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, Kurosawa started directing 8mm independent films while studying Sociology at Rikkyo University. In 1980, his first work SHIGARAMI GAKUEN screened at PIA Film Festival. Kurosawa then spent the next few years studying with directors Kazuhiko Hasegawa and Shinji Somai. In 1983, he made his commercial debut with the feature film, KANDAGAWA WARS.  

In the next couple of years, THE EXCITEMENT OF THE DO-RE-MI-FA GIRL and GUARD FROM UNDERGROUND were released and Kurosawa attracted enthusiastic fans. In 1992 Kurosawa won a coveted spot in the Sundance Institute Screenwriter’s Lab with his original screenplay CHARISMA.   His SUIT YOURSELF OR SHOOT YOURSELF! series (1995-1996) and THE REVENGE series (1997) created more avid Kurosawa fans.  Following the debut of CURE at the 1997 Tokyo International Film Festival, the film achieved international recognition and was theatrically released in many parts of the world. Kurosawa went on to win the Best Director prize for CURE at the Yokohama Film Festival.  

In 1999, LICENSE TO LIVE screened in the Berlin Film Festival Forum, and CHARISMA was highly acclaimed at the Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight. Later that same year BARREN ILLUSION was screened at the Venice International Film Festival. In 2001 PULSE screened at the Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard, where it won the Critics’ Prize. Later that year, the film also garnered the Critics’ Prize at the Sitges Film Festival.   

Two years later, Kurosawa returned with BRIGHT FUTURE, screening In Competition at the 2003 Cannes International Film Festival. That same year DOPPELGANGER, about a man who faces his alter-ego, was selected as the opening film for the Pusan International Film Festival. RETRIBUTION, finished in 2006, was officially selected for the Venice Film Festival.
Filmography
2008 TOKYO SONATA
2006 RETRIBUTION
2005 LOFT
2003 DOPPELGANGER
2003 BRIGHT FUTURE
2001 PULSE
2000 SÉANCE
1999 BARREN ILLUSIONS
1999 CHARISMA
1998 LICENSE TO LIVE
1998 SERPENT'S PATH
 
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PUBLICITY & REVIEWS
AWARDS
Year Category Awarded By Award Result Award Recipient
2009 Best Feature Film Balinale International Film Festival Winner