Tokio Baby is a story about 15-year-old Saara whose fate is to be stuck on her parents' farm. She can only dream of an escape from the idyllic countryside to Animecon, a Japanese animation ...
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Tokio Baby is a story about 15-year-old Saara whose fate is to be stuck on her parents' farm. She can only dream of an escape from the idyllic countryside to Animecon, a Japanese animation and comics festival, when she gets grounded for three days. Hara-kiri! Saara is saved from dying of boredom by her imaginary friend Aiko, whose totally zenless anarchy makes the rift between Saara and her parents even bigger. Written by
Tokio Baby is a surprisingly refreshing depiction of a somewhat large- scale phenomenon in Finland, where increasingly many teenagers are spellbound by Japanese pop-culture phenomena such as rock music, comics, naive pop music, movies and consumer products. Compared to many other Western countries, Finland is scarcely populated and has but a few larger cities, leaving teenagers different from others somewhat isolated from their demographic's peers.
This short-film approaches the theme with a somewhat anthropological point of view and does not condemn nor glorify the protagonist's naive and possibly manic perception of her world, making it a quite neutral depiction of a significant contemporary component of Finnish life.
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