Tony Takitani

2016 | Wearing Time, Miami

Saturday 30 January 13:30

Introduced by Kate Sinclair.

Japan, 2004. Directed by Jun Ichikawa. With Issei Ogata and Rie Miyazawa. Art direction by Yoshikazu Ichida. Color. Japanese with English subtitles. c. 105 mins

Jun Ichikawa’s adaptation of a short story by Haruki Murakami is an exquisitely stylish and poignant meditation on emotional attachment and loss. Set against the background of postwar and modern-day Japan, the plot follows the life of Tony Takitani and the young woman, Eiko, he marries. Eiko’s obsession with designer clothes and accessories is so powerful that it ends up consuming her and even threatens to outlive her. Yet her preoccupation is never treated as evidence of moral decline or superficiality; rather, it is an opportunity to probe complex human emotions such as pleasure and fulfilment, intimacy, isolation, longing, and letting go.

Screenings and talks are complimentary and take place at Fashion Project, Bal Harbour Shops, Level 3.

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