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Map of the Sounds of Tokyo (2009)

A dramatic thriller that centers on a fish-market employee who doubles as a contract killer.

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Ryu
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David
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Manabu Oshio ...
Yoshi
Takeo Nakahara ...
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Joan Potau
Josep Sandoval
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A dramatic thriller that centers on a fish-market employee who doubles as a contract killer.

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Drama | Thriller

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28 August 2009 (Spain)  »

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Carte des sons de Tokyo  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Isabel Coixet claims that she came up with the idea of Rinko Kikuchi's character while promoting The Secret Life of Words (2005) in Tokyo. Coixet was taking pictures during a walk through the city. She arrived at a fish market and tried to take one of a girl who was cleaning fish. The girl refused to get photographed, so Coixet started imagining possible reasons for that refusal. See more »

Goofs

After David joins Ryu at the Love Hotel after cutting his hand, Rinko Kikuchi (Ryu) is laying on a couch. Her shoulder is covered in the two close ups but largely uncovered after the cut where the camera is further from her. See more »

Crazy Credits

After the final credits there's a short scene with the mysterious plant person in the subway tunnel. See more »

Connections

References Kafka (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Eco Il Mundo
Written by Daniel Melingo
Performed by Daniel Melingo (as Melingo)
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Lyrical erotic thriller
17 March 2013 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I knew nothing about this film or the director and thus had no expectations. I liked the film's title and the opening scene was very striking. I found the story to be a bit convoluted but was very drawn in by the main character, Ryu and her interactions with the two men in her life, one an enigmatic sound recordist and the other, the Spaniard who was the lover of the woman who killed herself and the man that Ryu is supposed to assassinate. She doesn't reveal herself to either man though both ask her to. So we also have no idea who she really is and why she does what she does. This mystery is part of the genre and as such, I accept it. It makes her all the more vulnerable as she begins to blossom through love's power.


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