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Japan & its families: The tale continues. This week Ranjan Recommends Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Tokyo Sonata.

TOKYO SONATA’S plot kicks off as a regular salaryman loses his job to cheap Chinese workers but hides the news from his family. Meanwhile, the younger son aspires to be a pianist and takes secret piano lessons; while the elder son joins the American army, seeking his misplaced salvation in the Gulf wars. Circumstances force the family to gradually emerge from the layers of appearances as they confront the reality of their existence, and after a disturbing night where each member faces a tumultuous experience, the cracks in the family are sought to be fixed.

Japanese auteur Kiyoshi Kurosawa spins a disturbing tale that is eventually redeemed by a warmth that reinforces faith in mankind, but not before the film has touched upon political and economic issues that connect and determine the fate of ordinary people across the world.

Look up TOKYO SONATA (Japan, 2008) on MUBI.

Check out the trailer here:

Ranjan das is Mumbai based filmmaker & faculty.

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