Tokyo Sonata

March 13th 2009
  • Drama,
  • PG-13,
  • 119 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Teruyuki Kagawa, Kyôko Koizumi, Yû Koyanagi, Inowaki Kai, Haruka Igawa, Kanji Tsuda, Kazuya Kojima, Kôji Yakusho, Jason Gray
  • Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • Writers: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Max Mannix, Sachiko Tanaka
  • Producers: Wouter Barendrecht, Yukie Kito
  • Executive Producers: Yasushi Kotani, Michael J. Werner
  • D.O.P.: Akiko Ashizawa
  • Editor: Koichi Takahashi
  • Music: Kazumasa Hashimoto
  • Production Designs: Tomoyuki Maruo, Tomoe Matsumoto


"Tokyo Sonata" is a portrait of a seemingly ordinary Japanese family. The father who abruptly loses his job conceals the truth from his family; the eldest son in college hardly returns home; the youngest son furtively takes piano lessons without telling his parents; and the mother, who knows deep down that her role is to keep the family together, cannot find the will to do so. From the exterior, all is normal and the same. But somehow, a single, unforeseeable chasm has appeared within the family, only to spread ever so quietly and quickly to disintegrate them.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • MPAA Warning: Thematic elements and brief strong language
  • Production Budget: $2.5 million
  • Production Companies: Django Film, Entertainment Farm, Fortissimo Films

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 27 September 2008: Japan
  • 30 January 2009: UK
  • 12 March 2009: Netherlands
  • 25 March 2009: France
  • 29 April 2009: Belgium