Tokyo Sonata

Tokyo Sonata is a 2008 critically acclaimed Japanese film directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa winning Best Film award at the 3rd Asian Film Awards and the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.

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Tokyo Sonata is about a middle-class family in Tokyo – Ryūhei Sasaki, his wife Megumi, and their two sons Takashi and Kenji. Ryehei loses his job but keeps it secret from his family. Takashi, the oldest son, joins the US military and is deployed to war in the Middle East. Kenji, the younger son, secretly takes piano lessons because his father refuses to allow him piano lessons.

One day Megumi, while alone at home, is taken hostage by an unemployed man who broke in looking for money. The robber forces Megumi to drive a car he has stolen. After a long drive, he allows her leave the car to use the restroom where she has the opportunity to escape. However, she encounters her husband at the mall working in his secret job as a janitor and decides to return to her captor saying that she cannot return home.

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