Walking out of the theater after viewing Tony Takitani was like waking from a dream. It felt like I had been in the theater for much longer than the film's 75 minute running time, and it took me most of the drive home to pull my head out of the film and reorient myself. The film, adapted from the short novel of the same name by Haruki Murakami, is like a fine wine that lingers on the taste buds long after you sip it, its flavor filling and overwhelming your senses.
Tony Takitani ("Tony Takitani's real name was...it really was Tony Takitani," the film begins) is a crushingly lonely man of great deliberation and thoughtfulness. Tony is the son of Schozaburo Takitani, a jazz musician who escaped much of the Japanese involvement in World War Two by playing jazz in Shanghai nightclubs. Issei Ogata (Yi Yi) plays the duel roles of Tony Takitani and his father with such precision and depth, it's hard to realize the characters are portrayed by the same actor.