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  • Summary: Alone and self-sufficient since childhood, Tony shuns emotions as illogical and immature. After finding his true vocation as a technical illustrator, he becomes fascinated with Eiko, whom he marries. His life changes, he feels vibrantly alive, and for the first time, he understands and fears loneliness. But when Eiko's all consuming obsession for designer clothes ends in tragedy, Tony finds himself alone again, sitting in his wife's closet, gazing at her treasured couture pieces, the whispering ghosts of her soul. Finally, Tony places an ad in the paper searching for a woman who fits Eiko's measurements perfectly. (Strand Releasing) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. 100
    An exquisite film, as elegant and precise as an impeccably cut diamond. It's small in scale but wholly mesmerizing, holding us captive as it demonstrates how much enveloping richness can be conveyed with a minimalist style.
  2. Reviewed by: Neva Chonin
    A visual poem.
  3. The movie's underlying theme is the complex relationship between objects and memories, worked out through a taut, compelling story and superbly understated acting. Ryuichi Sakamoto composed the atmospheric score.
  4. A delicate wisp of a film with a surprisingly sharp sting.
  5. It recommends itself best to viewers who can appreciate its novelty and roll with the risks it takes.
  6. Tony Takitani, fablelike and beautiful, requires a certain amount of patience, but its small, peculiar charms work their way into your soul.
  7. 20
    You really have to be in the right mood to sit through Tony Takitani. You have to be ready to take in a thoroughly depressing story that moves...very...slowly.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. JabezM.
    Dec 5, 2006
    This film, while admittedly short on narrative and action, has some of the most beautiful and haunting images I have ever seen in a film. They remain with me more than a year after viewing. With the proper mindset and expectations, Tony Takitani is richly rewarding. Collapse
  2. MattA.
    Mar 19, 2006
    Beautiful. The San Francisco Chronicle was right: this film is a visual poem and unlike anything you've ever seen. Director Ichikawa executes perfectly what he sets out to do and the result is one of the finest films of the year. I would take this film over any of the best picture noms any day. Expand
  3. mosesl.
    Oct 10, 2005
    A cinematic poem.
  4. StephenQ.
    Jul 28, 2006
    A Must see for the open-minded. A slow, engaging, thoughtful and emotionally fulfiled film. It relies on atmosphere, setting and color to really imprint the emotions of each scene. If you sit through it and pay attention, you'll look back and feel impacted. I was. Expand
  5. DouglasD.
    Mar 8, 2006
    slow, but interesting and reflective. Something one remembers.
  6. JulieK.
    Aug 29, 2005
    This is an amazing film to watch on the big screen. Be prepared to have a heavy heart when you leave the theater.
  7. MartinS.
    May 29, 2006
    The very definition of meandering. The writer ran out of material 5 minutes into the movie. A terrible dissapointment.

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