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Solitude

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Tony Takitani

Review

Tony is an illustrator who’s been alone all his life, until he meets Eiko, a beautiful woman who transforms his life. The only problem is that Eiko is a compulsive shopper with a penchant for high end couture that leads to darkly satiric consequences.

Toni Takitani is an eloquent, deftly told tale based on a short story published in The New Yorker, written by Japanese bestselling author Haruki Murakami (Norwegian Wood, Kafka on the Shore). Issey Ogata stars as the title character, a simple, undemanding mechanical draftsman who lives a lonely existence. His mother died shortly after he was born, and his father (also played by Ogata) is a jazz musician who is rarely around. But when Tony meets the young and beautiful Eiko (Miyazawa Rie), he falls for her instantly, despite their 15-year age difference. Their friendship slowly develops into love, and Tony soon discovers that Eiko is a shopaholic who cannot stop buying clothing. When tragedy strikes, Tony is forced to look at his life in a whole different way. Written and directed by Jun Ichikawa (Ryoma’s Wife, Her Husband and Her Lover), Tony Takitani is told in long scenes with little or no dialogue; sometimes the characters themselves finish parts of the narration, which is delivered by Hidetoshi Nishijima at a soft, deliberate pace. The intelligent script, which is extremely faithful to Murakami’s original story, is accompanied by Ryuichi Sakamoto’s gorgeous, spare score and Hirokawa Taishi’s stark, captivating cinematography.

Tracklist

 1.  DNA - Intro [11:37]

 2.  Solitude [4:54]

 3.  DNA [6:27]

 4.  Bottom [0:39]

 5.  Fotografía #1 [3:32]

 6.  Fotografía #2 [3:41]

 7.  Solitude #2 [2:33]

 8.  Harmonics #1 [0:50]

 9.  Solitude - One note [3:24]

10. Harmonics #2 [1:00]

11. Solitude - Theme [3:59]

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