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Rated PG-13 · 119 minutes · 2009

An office-worker salaryman (sad-browed Teruyuki Kagawa) in the title city loses his job and then pretends to go to work each day, even when he takes a new job as a shopping mall mopper-upper. Meanwhile, his alienated, out-of-the-loop family suffers silently. It’s a standard “recession special” in outline, but in the hands of director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (working from a script he wrote with two others) this potential melodrama takes on life-affirming qualities not unlike those found in the work of legendary filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu — whose work is echoed in the title. Kurosawa’s 32nd film is a masterpiece. Costarring Kyoko Koizumi, Koji Yakusho, and Kai Inowaki as the younger son (119 min.).
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Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Writer: Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Max Mannix
Producer: Wouter Barendrecht
Cast: Teruyuki Kagawa, Kyoko Koizumi, Yu Koyanagi, Kai Inowaki, Haruka Igawa and Kanji Tsuda


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