Director: Jun Ichikawa
Feature film | J | 2004
75 min | Mono
38th Hof International Film Festival
Tony Takitani had a solitary childhood. Being alone was normal since his mother died young and his father was always away with his jazz band. At school he studied art, but while his sketches are accurate and detailled, they lack feeling. Used to being self-sufficient, Tony seems to find emotions illogical and immature.
After finding his true vocation as a technical illustrator, he becomes fascinated by Eiko, a client who in turn is fascinated by high-end fashion. Eventually he marries her, and his life changes. He feels vibrantly alive and for the first time he understands and fears loneliness. But her obsession with designer clothes begins to worry him. When he asks her to economize, the consequences are tragic.
Alone again, Tony sits in his wife’s closet gazing at her treasured couture pieces, the whispering ghosts of her soul. Finally, Tony places an ad in the paper searching for a woman with the perfect size …