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Tokyo Tribe (2014)

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In an alternate Japan, territorial street gangs form opposing factions collectively known as the Tokyo Tribes. Merra, leader of the Wu-Ronz tribe of Bukuro crosses the line to conquer all of Tokyo. The war begins.

Director:

Sion Sono

Writers:

Santa Inoue (manga), Sion Sono (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryôhei Suzuki ... Mera
Young Dais Young Dais ... Kai Deguchi
Nana Seino ... Sunmi / Erika
Shunsuke Daitô Shunsuke Daitô ... Iwao
Takuya Ishida Takuya Ishida ... Kim
Yui Ichikawa Yui Ichikawa ... Nori-chan
Bernard Ackah Bernard Ackah ... Jadakins
Joey Beni ... Kemekachi
Arata Matsuura Arata Matsuura ... Skunk
Yûki Ishii Yûki Ishii ... Hasheem
Makoto Sakaguchi Makoto Sakaguchi ... Yon
Kokone Sasaki Kokone Sasaki ... Rookie police officer
Hideo Nakano Hideo Nakano ... Veteran police officer
Hisako Ôkata Hisako Ôkata ... DJ
Akira Yamamoto Akira Yamamoto
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In an alternate Japan, territorial street gangs form opposing factions collectively known as the Tokyo Tribes. Merra, leader of the Wu-Ronz tribe of Bukuro joins forces with heavy hitting sadistic gangster Buppa of Buppa Town. With Buppa's support, Merra aims to initiate a gang war between the Wu-Ronz and the Musashino Saru, and in a confrontation between the two attempts to kill popular member of the Musashino Saru - Kai. By mistake, Merra instead kills Kai's friend Tera (a Musashino Saru member beloved by members of all Tribes since before their formation). This leads to the joining of forces between all of the Tokyo Tribes in an all out war against Merra and Buppa's forces. Written by Antonio Torresan

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Let Sion Sono take you on a tour of Tokyo's underbelly for a night of turf wars & rap battles.

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Action | Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

23 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tokijsko pleme See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Certain locations in the film are places you can visit, and don't differ much from how they show them in the movie. Specifically Saga Town is filmed in "Anata No Warehouse" and other parts look to be filmed in "Robot Restaurant". See more »

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You know you're witnessing 'great art', when people are completely divided!
4 December 2015 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'TOKYO TRIBE': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

A martial arts/action/comedy/musical flick, spoken almost entirely in rap verse! The film has been described (by it's marketing campaign) as "The world's first battle rap musical", and it's based on the popular Manga series, 'Tokyo Tribe2', by Santa Inoue. It was written and directed by Sion Sono (who's probably most well known for helming 2013's 'WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL?') and it stars Ryohei Suzuki, Young Dais, Riki Takeuchi, Shota Sometani, Ryuta Sato and Akihiro Kitamura. The movie tells the story of a futuristic Japan, divided into territorial gangs; until one gang leader breaks the truce. It's one of the craziest, and most bizarrely original films, I've seen all year!

Sometime, in the not too distant future, Japan is divided into separate street gangs; each representing a different faction, collectively known as the 'Tokyo Tribes'. The leader of one tribe, Mera (Suzuki), decides to break the peace, and join forces with another ruthless gang leader, Buppa (Takeuchi). Together they wage war on another tribe, and cause an 'all out war'. Blood fills the streets; as everyone turns to brutal violence, and continuous rapping.

The movie is really weird, and definitely not for everyone, but I like 'weird'; and I found myself really enjoying it. The film took a little while for me to get into, at first it's pretty jarring; but once I was 'hooked', I was completely involved and thoroughly entertained! The action is brutally violent, and many scenes are pretty twisted and sadistic; but it's also filled with catchy hip- hop music, and beautifully choreographed fight scenes. The performances are great, and the visuals are always interesting to look at. The film is sure to become a beloved cult classic, by many genre fans, while many others will hate it. You know you're witnessing 'great art', when people are completely divided!

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