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Tony Takitani * Jun Ichikawa * 2004

It is not just horror that comes from Japan of course. Here we have a rather standard drama about the son of a jazz musician who gave him an American name. A loner, Tony in the end falls in love with a much younger woman and after many years they get married. Just when Tony gets used to being married to a woman who is his complete opposite in many ways he finds himself alone again, trying to substitude the loss. The story is quite original and (at least to me) shows the dawnfall/Westernisation of Japanese culture; for the rest the film is quite standard.

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