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Tokyo.Sora (2002)

 -  Drama  -  26 October 2002 (Japan)
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Good movie for the patient ones
27 July 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Tokyo Sora, is a very slow movie, that has some pacing problems with the characters, but putting all that aside, and just watching this movie with patience, this movie can be quite compelling and rewarding to the viewers.

Basically there really is no story, it's a character driven movie. There are six woman who are trying to make a living in the City of Tokyo, all six woman get into realistic situations, and interact with the people they know just to make their lives better. We have girl 1, a student who is learning the Japanese language, and is a part time art class model. Girl 2 is a girl who gives out free tissue samples, and is just trying to make a normal living in her apartment. Girl 3 is an art student, who has gotten a boyfriend for the first time, and is struggling in the world of a girl image. Girl 4 is waitress in a coffee shop who enjoys interacting with her boss I'm guessing, and a small little affection for each other is implied. Girl 5 is a late twenties woman, who works at a lingerie bar, but she has a dream of becoming a writer, and is ambitious to make a story that will impress an editor she met during a phone convo about her previous story she wrote. Girl 6 is lonely and very depressed girl who is a hairdresser, and also works at the lingerie bar.

The plot may sound extremely boring, but the director has someway for you to be interested in the interaction and situations these people experience, not only that, you can be compelled by these interaction's, and grow close to the characters.The plot in my opinion is just plain old normal. This movie is like taking videotapes of woman in Tokyo without them knowing, that is how realistic this movie looked, and this kind of style made this movie quite unique. The best thing about this movie was the character interaction, the relationships that were developed for some short time, and broke after a short time, which made you feel like you are actually witnessing all of this. The plot has thing, that can suck you right into the movie, and actually witness all these events taking place close up.

Characters in this movie was the biggest problem. Although they were are all very likable, the pacing for their stories were extremely uneven, which stopped you from learning much about some of them. Girl 6 we never got to know much about her reason of depression, girl 1 and 2 had a lot of screen time in the beginning, but after the halfway mark of this film,they can be extremely forgettable, they dedicated most of the screen time to girl 5, the rewarding thing about that, is that she was a character that you can grow extremely attached to from her happy relationship with the editor, to the trigger of depression for her. girl 3 and 4, they did not even feel like the main woman out of the 6 woman, cause they were so shallow, and they were given the least screen time, especially girl 4. The fact is that the outrageous uneven pacing with the characters, was the small downfall for the movie, but still physically, and mentally the girls are quite likable, even though they did not get much screen time, which is quite amazing I think.

The most amazing thing about this movie was the lack of duologue, I think for me out of every single movie I have seen in my entire life, this movie had the least duologue, lack of duologue made this movie even more realistic. Relationship for these woman did not develop because of some big obstacle they had to go through like other movies portray, but they developed like how you would see in your everyday lives, e.g some guy/girl trying to draw your attention by having similar interests, or another one is just becoming boyfriend, and girlfriend *just like that* with nothing developing for that event. The other amazing thing about this movie was that the movie hardly had background music, out of what I can remember only like 2-3 scenes had music playing.

This movie is extremely slow, but it has all the right reasons to be. Refreshing movie this is, I enjoyed watching this film, even if it was slow, cause at points the director wins you over somehow, but this movie was extremely fresh, and not like your everyday movies you watch, this movie went for realism, and it hit the mark, and made it somewhat compelling and joyful. My only warning is that this movie is only for people that have patience in watching movies, and just want's to go with the flow of the movie, not for people, who are looking for twists, and fast turning points.

My score 4/5 ****

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