Tokyo Sonata creative background

2022-04-11 08:01
The original script for the film was written by Australian playwright Max Mannix, who once lived in Japan. In 2006, two film production companies became interested in this book, one is Entertainment Farm in Japan, and the other is the well-known Dutch company Fortissimo. Fortissimo has worked on James R. Jarmusch and Wong Kar-wai , but has never worked on a Japanese film before. At first, the company held a half-wait-and-see attitude - if it can find a good director to take over, it will officially join hands with Entertainment Farm.
At the Venice International Film Festival in 2008 , things took a decisive turn. " Call " by Kiyoshi Kurosawa is one of the participating films. Producers from both companies met Kurosawa at a meeting, and they immediately decided to ask him to direct the film. At that time, Kurosawa was running out of horror movies and was looking for a change. After reading the original script, Kurosawa felt that this concise and powerful story had the potential to be a movie, so he agreed to it, and decided to let go of the subject he had never grasped.
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  • Vivien 2022-04-20 09:02:57

    Kiyoshi Kurosawa knew all about the body and light, so elegant, so terrifying. A little self-disturbance is also the meaning of the sonata in the title.

  • Rosella 2022-04-20 09:02:57

    The bitter lament of an unemployed middle-aged man. 1. Kurosawa Kiyoshi's family films are still full of the author's imprint, just like the blown newspaper on the opening floor & the fluttering white gauze curtain (reappearing in the 2/3 of the film's turning point), dim indoor light, wife A close-up shot of wandering around while tidying up the eldest son’s room (with the ghostly piano music of unknown origin, between inside and outside of the painting), and the climax of the apocalypse. 2. Several indoor long-shot scenes are well planned, such as the scenes where the father quarrels with the eldest son and the younger son respectively (the wife has a defocused or clear face in the background). 3. The second half is very New Wave: three scenes (seemingly parallel through editing) running and fleeing, a thief with joy and self-examination, a parody of male and female thieves, and the seaside and wooden house at the end of the world. 4. In the traverse and long mirror, my father keeps tripping over the garbage on the overpass at night, like a microcosm of a hopeless life with repeated battles and defeats. 5. The eldest son's dream of returning from a killing in the Middle East battlefield, waking up from the dream and calling again from the beginning are just like a variation of [11]. 6. A redemptive interloper who can't save himself. 7. [Moonlight] Leopard tail. (9.0/10)

Tokyo Sonata quotes

  • Megumi Sasaki: Screw your authority.

  • Megumi Sasaki: How wonderful it would be if my whole life so far turns out to have been a dream, and suddenly I wake up and I'm someone else entirely.

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