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||IMDB Rating: 7.5/10 from 616 votes
||Release: 14 April 2007 (Japan) /
||Director: Joji Matsuoka,
||Stars: Akira Emoto, Ayumi Itô, Chisako Hara, Hiroyuki Hirayama, Itsuji Itao, Joe Odagiri, Junko Emoto, Kaoru Kobayashi, Kirin Kiki, Ryô Iwamatsu, Ryô Katsuji, Takako Matsu, Tamae Andô, Yayako Uchida, Yoshiyoshi Arakawa
||Synopsis: Leaving her alcoholic husband, Eiko takes their son Masaya away from Tokyo and back to her hometown in a Kyushu rural mining community. She toils to support him though many years of schooling even after he wastes his time while studying art in a Tokyo university. After graduation he struggles to find work and finally pulls his life together for his mother's sake, ultimately ending up with multiple jobs as an illustrator and even as the host of a sexually-themed talk show on radio. When Eiko becomes ill with cancer, Masaya invites her to live with him in back in Tokyo where the roles of support are reversed. Written by Brian Greenhalgh
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"Tokyo Tower: mom and me, and sometimes dad" is Masaya Nakagawa's
(stage name Lily Franky) bestseller that has been compared to Haruki
Murakami's "Norwegian Woods" in terms of popularity in Japan. This
auto-biographical book focusing on Nakagawa's endearing relationship
had with his mother has now been made into a wonderful movie.
Clearly, director Joji Matsouka has made a very conscious effort to
steer clear of pretentious, sappy scenes and the result is a movie that
is so close to real life that it touches you on a different, more
sublime level. He has wisely avoided glorifying the mother into a
stereotyped "ideal woman" persona. Instead, we see in her a childlike
simplicity that sometimes verges on silliness. Nor is she a flawless
human being. Her embracing the son's university graduation certificate
as he most important asset is a little outdated in this day and age.
But all that makes her ever so human, real and endearing.
Two echoing scenes could have easily succumbed to contrived tearjerkers
but didn't mother seeing teenage son off to go to college in Tokyo,
and son meeting mother in Tokyo 15 years later, bringing her to live
with him. Emotion is kept in low simmer and never allowed to boil over.
In the latter scene, the heart-warming music does a lot.
Neither does the director shy away from showing at great length the
devastating agony of the mother and son's fight against her terminal
gastric cancer. Again, the story is told plainly, with minimum
deliberate manipulation of the audiences' emotion. This sequence
reminds me particularly of a similar situation in Norwegian Woods where
a daughter takes care of a dying father.
Unlike the depressingly tragic story of Korea's Cannes winner (best
actress) "Miyang" (2006) which I saw recently, Tokyo Tower is a story
of an ordinary life with its share of joys and woes. There is no
villain. Indeed, the father, an alcoholic artist, deserts his wife but
there is no malice. Towards the end you can't help but love this
irresponsible man a little. There is sparkling humor throughout the
movie. Both actresses who play the mother (in two stages of her life)
are simply marvelous. Playing the son in a credible performance is Jo
Odaggiri who was the dashingly handsome ninja in "Shinobi" (2005). In a
lesser but still important role as his girlfriend is Takako Matsu who
is just as fresh and charming as she was in "April story" (1998).
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, Ayumi Itô
, Chisako Hara
, Hiroyuki Hirayama
, Itsuji Itao
, Joe Odagiri
, Junko Emoto
, Kaoru Kobayashi
, Kirin Kiki
, Ryô Iwamatsu
, Ryô Katsuji
, Takako Matsu
, Tamae Andô
, Yayako Uchida
, Yoshiyoshi Arakawa
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