Tokyo is a city of transitions in three short films. A young woman who finds her life useless experiences a metamorphosis. A disheveled Caucasian emerges from a manhole to face arrest, trial, and execution; he calls himself "Merde" and speaks a language only his look-alike attorney understands. Is he human? A recluse experiences human contact when a pizza-delivery girl faints at his door during an earthquake. He conquers fear to seek her out. A chair, a corpse, a hermit: sources of urban connection? Written by
TOKYO! Gives You a 110 Minutes to Try and Piece-Together This Cinematic Enigma!
When I was a kid, I really liked puzzles. As an adult, TOKYO! gave me a chance to try and piece this cinematic enigma together for 110 minutes. TOKYO! is a collection of 3 different short films, each one approximately 35 minutes long. Each segment has its own director, cast, storyline and is quirkily unique. The only obvious similarity: All three take place in the Japanese capital.
Starkly original, the film has an oddly voyeuristic undertow throughout. Perhaps this is attributable to each of the three vignettes being directed by a non-Japanese! Let's take a brief look at each short film:
INTERIOR DESIGN- As a rudderless young couple go apartment hunting, One can't help but feel claustrophobic upon being shown an array of 100 to 300 sq. ft. apartments! As the mounting stress and tensions seem to push them in opposite directions, one of them experiences a most unusual way to cope! Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine) French, directs -8*.
MERDE is next, directed by Leos Carax, also French. Careful you don't step in this one! About a repulsive little s**t whose sole purpose in life is to occasionally slither out of the sewer, where he lives, and terrify as many of Tokyo's citizens as possible...until he goes too far! -10*.
SHAKING TOKYO is directed by Korean Bong Joon, where agoraphobia has forced a man to convert his tiny apartment into his obsessively tidy decade long self-imposed prison, until a convergence of Murphy's Law and Cupid rocks his world! -9*
The thread of commonality that ties all 3 pieces together? How each person has encountered a signature formula to counteract the stifling oppressiveness and the pervasive isolation of life in the megalopolis. Here, the impact of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts: 10 Huge Stars! If you've ever felt overwhelmed by living in a huge city, TOKYO! is "Brain Candy"!... OVERALL: 9*STARS*....ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!
Any comments, questions or observations, in English or Español, are most welcome!
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