Tony Takitani had a solitary childhood. Used to being self-sufficient, Tony seems to find emotions illogical and immature; until he meets and becomes fascinated by Eiko, a beautiful young woman who, in turn, is fascinated by high end fashion. Eventually Tony marries Eiko, and his life changes. He feels vibrantly alive and for the first time he understands, and fears, loneliness. But Eiko's obsession with designer clothes begins to worry Tony. When he asks her to economize, the consequences are tragic.
A melancholy tale of a lonely man.
- Tony Takitani review by Shatner's Bassoon
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Tony Takitani is a shy, introverted middle aged man seemingly destined to live a life of loneliness that is until he meets and falls in love with a gentle beautiful woman, fifteen years his junior, with an obsession with fashionable clothes. After a few months of wedded bliss, the couple's relationship crumbles and Tony is once again plunged back into a life of melancholic loneliness and grief. Stylistically this film is quite unique, there is very little dialogue and instead the story is told though a narrator while the drama is played out on screen. While I usually like slow paced slice of life films, I found Tony Takitani hard work to watch, and even at a relatively short 75 minute running time the film seemed to plod along hopelessly without anything to really involve you. If you do like artistic slow paced foreign cinema then you might want to give this a look, although personally would give it a miss and rent the far more watchable 'Last Life In The Universe' or Takeshi Kintano's 'Dolls' instead.