Tokyo sonata

Synopsis: An ordinary Japanese family slowly disintegrates after its patriarch loses his job at a prominent company.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Production: Regent Releasing
  10 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
120 min

[Screenplay by Max MANNlX,

Kiyoshi KUROSAWA, Sachiko TANAKA]

There's a storm brewing.

[Teruyuki KAGAWA]

Hey, take this.

[Kyoko KOlZUMl]

Who's in charge of the body-fat scale?

lt's Shimada-san, isn't it?


Kai lNOWAKl]

We're here from Dalian, China.

My name is Shao Yen.

Pleased to meet you.

Your Japanese is good.

We've been studying night and day.

As soon as the telephone lines

to Dalian are installed,

you can hire three locals like her

for what you pay

one Japanese employee here.

l understand.

That sounds like an excellent plan.

Excuse me, sir.

[Haruka lGAWA

Kanji TSUDA]

We're pushing ahead with relocating

our admin department in Dalian.

l see.

l'm aware of the tremendous job

you've done as director of admin.


So, Sasaki-san...

...what will you do

after you leave administration?

[Directed by


What skills do you have?

l want you to consider

how best you can contribute

to Tanita Corporation's development?

lt's entirely up to you, Sasaki-san.

Either you contribute 100%

of your ability to us here,

or the company will have to let you go.

Boss, it's about that air-conditioning


-Oh, that.


l think we should accept

the bid from Uchida Systems.

What do you think?

Can l have that?




Did you visit the 'Hello Work' agency?


You should call in to 'Hello Work'

before you come here.

Oh, right.

Go before your luck runs out.

Otherwise, you'll be stuck here for life,

just like me.




Your bag's open.

You sure carry a lot around.

lt's too heavy.

l'm home.

lt's you !

When did you get home?

Just now.

Don't scare me like that.

You finished early today?

What are you doing?

l was just making sure

the doors were locked.

l see...

That's all.

Anything wrong with that?

You could use the front door, though.

You're right.

-Thanks for the food.


-l'm off!

-See you later.

Will you be home early again today?

-No, l've got a busy day ahead of me.


-Where's Takashi?

-Not back yet.

He drives me spare.

-See you later.





-Welcome back.


-No, thanks.

l'm off to bed, so please don't vacuum.

So, moving on to the topic

of honorific verbs.

Honorifics are based on the use

of three different types of speech

in order to show respect

to the other person.

We want you to be able to use

respectful language to your elders,

so let's investigate

the meaning of each...

Sasaki! What's that?

Show me.


l've nothing but contempt for anyone

who sneaks this stuff into my classes.

-Stand up.


You've no right to be in my class.

-Stand at the back.

-But it's not mine.

-ls that your excuse?

-lt's true. l was just passing it on.

l said stand at the back! Hurry up!


-What now?

l saw you reading a porn manga

on the train the other day.

l was sitting in front of you.

You were trying hard to hide it,

but l could see the cover,

Eroto Mania Weekly.

-Why are you saying this?

-Because it's true.

Nice one!

-This is hardly the place.

-Yeah, l guess not.

lt's unfair, isn't it?


Back to the lesson.

So, honorific language...

Let's conjugate standard verb forms

into honorifics.

Okay? Start with the verb "to see".

-Sasaki, you were brilliant!

-He looked so scared. What a laugh !

-Let's call him Mr Eroto.


Mr Eroto! Mr Eroto!

What is it?

l'm sorry about before.

l went too far.

l didn't think the other kids

would react like that.

-You came to say that?


All this way?

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Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Kiyoshi Kurosawa (黒沢 清, Kurosawa Kiyoshi, born July 19, 1955) is a Japanese film director, screenwriter, film critic and a professor at Tokyo University of the Arts. Although he has worked in a variety of genres, Kurosawa is best known for his many contributions to the Japanese horror genre. more…

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