Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. In Japanese with English subtitles. 2 hours. PG-13 (violence, mature themes) Playing at: The Ritz at the Bourse.
In Tokyo Sonata, filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa - no relation to Akira - composes an extraordinary work in three movements about the Sasakis, a seemingly ordinary family. In this unpredictable work, the clan implodes, explodes, and glues itself back together.
When management at his firm finds it can hire two Chinese workers for the price of one Japanese employee, Mr. Sasaki (Teruyuki Kagawa) loses his job - and face. Rather than swallow his pride and be open with his wife and sons, the salaryman swallows his anger - and chokes on it.