Socialist Worker

Tokyo Sonata

by Esme Choonara
Issue No. 2139

Ryuhei is a low level manager in an anonymous firm in Tokyo who loses his job.

Rather than face telling his family, he carries on pretending that he has a job and heads out each day in suit and tie.

He suffers humiliation at the hands of job agencies and spends hours queuing for food handouts with a friend who has become an expert at living this lie.

Frustration at his situation impacts not just on Ryuhei but on his wife and two sons. Each character is caught up in a journey of destruction, self‑discovery and renewal.

At times a gentle comedy, at times heartbreaking fable and at times downright weird, this is a truly captivating film.

Film on general release

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Tue 17 Feb 2009, 18:16 GMT
Issue No. 2139
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