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Tony Takitani (2004) January 30, 2007

Posted by ayasawada in Film.
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In short: A beautiful waste of time.

Thoughts: Adaptation, as Charlie Kaufman discovered, is a fine art and it’s comforting to know there is some things that can only be conveyed through the page. Haruki Murakami’s stories have an ethereal quality and meandering nature that make them beautiful to read, but difficult to imagine cinematically. Jun Ichikawa makes a noble effort here, capturing Murakami’s dreamy atmosphere and the grey of his loneliness. For the latter, the cinematography and location are exquisite, particularlythe spacious emptiness of Takitani’s home. However, the slow pace of the story, combined with Murakami’s total lack of resolution make the whole experience rather unfulfilling. This may well be similar to numerous other arthouse movies, but Murakami’s words seem to have an empathy missing from Ichikawa’s visuals. Passively watching it unfold in front of you, it just doesn’t have the same effect.

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