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Tokyo! (2008)

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A cinematic triptych of three Tokyo-set stories.

Directors:

Joon-ho Bong (as Joon Ho Bong), Leos Carax | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Gabrielle Bell (graphic novel "Cecil and Jordan in New York"), Joon-ho Bong (as Joon Ho Bong) | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ayako Fujitani ... Hiroko (segment "Interior Design")
Ryo Kase ... Akira (segment "Interior Design") (as Ryô Kase)
Ayumi Itô ... Akemi (segment "Interior Design")
Nao Ohmori ... Hiroshi (segment "Interior Design") (as Nao Ômori)
Satoshi Tsumabuki ... Takeshi (segment "Interior Design")
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi ... Agent immobilier homme (segment "Interior Design")
Yuno Iriguchi Yuno Iriguchi ... Agent immobilier femme (segment "Interior Design")
Rie Minemura Rie Minemura ... Responsable du magasin d'objets (segment "Interior Design")
Ben Himura Ben Himura ... Employé de la fourrière (segment "Interior Design")
Kenjirô Ishimaru Kenjirô Ishimaru ... Oncle de Takeshi (segment "Interior Design")
Taijirô Tamura Taijirô Tamura ... Spectateur 1 au cinéma (segment "Interior Design")
Junya Asô Junya Asô ... Spectateur 2 au cinéma (segment "Interior Design")
Mayu Harada Mayu Harada ... Collègue d'Akemi (segment "Interior Design")
Motomi Makiguchi Motomi Makiguchi ... Clochard (segment "Interior Design")
Hiroko Ninomiya Hiroko Ninomiya ... Vieille dame à l'arret de bus (segment "Interior Design")
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Certificate:

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Country:

France | Japan | South Korea | Germany

Language:

Japanese | French | English

Release Date:

16 August 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Tokio! See more »

Filming Locations:

Kugayama, Tokyo, Japan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,460, 8 March 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$351,059, 12 June 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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We Wish You A Merry Christmas
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Strange and amusing film that isn't made by Japanese directors
22 October 2009 | by KineticSeoulSee all my reviews

"Tokyo!" is a film about 3 different stories that take place in Tokyo and each story is made by different directors.

Michel Gondry's "Interior Design" was surreal but also something some people can relate with. It's about a girl who has no ambitions in life and doesn't stand for herself and always gets the help from others. It's not that she doesn't want to be useful, she just has a difficult time with time trying to find her purpose in the world. But a drastic change takes place in her life. It felt it added a nice touch to Japanese life style and culture although some may disagree.

Leos Carax's "Merde" was disappointing and the story was boring and it felt the director wasn't even trying. The plot could have taken place else where cause it really has nothing to do with Tokyo or even has the atmosphere to it.

Bong Joon-Ho's "Shaking Tokyo" was the best out of the 3, it seems like for films like this they always show the best for last. It's about Teruyuki Kagawa who is a hikikomori who never steps foot outside, but that changes when he meets a pretty pizza delivery girl but in the process he accidentally inspires her to be a hikikomori herself, so from than on it's about a hikikomori falling for another hikikomori. I liked the style of this part of the film, it explored some of the characteristic in japan and the director seems to have done his research. I also fell for the actress who played pizza delivery girl Aoi Yu, maybe it's cause of her innocent and pretty looks although it's my first time seeing her in a film.

I give the film a 6.8/10 and if the second part of the film was good it would have been higher.

6.8/10


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