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tony takitani

Japan, 2004 (MIFF 2005, Regional Focus)

Director: Jun Ichikawa

tony takitani
Based on a story by Haruki Murakami, [Tony Takitani] is a melancholy parable of the times. After a solitary childhood, and an art school education that left him cold, Tony Takitani (Issey Ogata) finds his true vocation as a technical drawer. In satisfied solitude, he revels in the precision and accuracy required by his work. The day he meets Eiko, his life changes and he feels vibrantly alive for the first time. Eiko is his perfect companion. But her passion for exquisite designer clothes threatens to become an all-consuming fixation, and he is forced to make an intervention, with tragic consequences. Beautifully shot, like a series of moving tableaux, director Jun Ichikawa effortlessly avoids all of the book-to-film pitfalls, creating an emotionally resonant film that is at once both literary and luminously cinematic. [Tony Takitani] won Fipresci and Special Jury prizes at Locarno, and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize of the World Cinema section at Sundance. "A refined, delicately poetic reverie on loss and memory." - Variety
D/S Jun Ichikawa P Motoki Ishida WS Celluloid Dreams L Japanese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2004/col/75mins Jun Ichikawa was born in Japan in 1948. His films include [Dying at Hospital] (1993), [Tokyo Siblings] (1995), [The Osaka Story] (1999), [Ryoma'a Wife, Her Husband and Her Lover] (2002).

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