By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Updated March 18, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

Known for distinctive horror movies like Cure and Pulse, inventive Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa finds just the right melancholy tone to suit a new and all too familiar kind of horror: economic downsizing. In Tokyo Sonata, a haunting half-dream of a domestic drama, a Tokyo salaryman (Kagawa) loses his job and hides the news from his wife (Koizumi) and two sons by leaving for ”work” each day. Soon each family member is similarly engrossed in a secret life. Charismatic Koji Yakusho (Shall We Dance?) plays a mad, mysterious stranger who blows by with his own existential crisis. A?

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