Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Tokyo! The Movie


In TOKYO!, three visionary directors (Michel Gondry, Leos Carax and Bong Joon-ho) come together to create this triptych of films, examining the nature of one unforgettable city. It is done in the tradition of such films as Paris Je T'aime and New York I Love You, which asks the question: do we shape cities or do cities shape us?

I thought the film's intro really defines this movie, it was the sounds of an airplane and flight attendant's speech while taking off to it's destination. Tokyo! truly does transport us to another place, one filled with intrigue and surprises around every corner.

Ayako Fujitani (L) and Ryo Kase (R) in Michel Gondry’s “Interior Design” segment of Tokyo!, a Liberation Entertainment Release

The first of the three films was my favorite. It was entitled, "Interior Design" and was directed by Michael Gondry (of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). It involves a couple that move to Tokyo to try and make it in the big city. The main character, Hiroko, battles with the notions of growing up and being defined by what you do for a living, a feeling all of us can relate to. With a very kafka-esqe surreal twist, Hiroko finally is put to ease.

If you liked Paris Je T'aime you will certainly like this fresh and surprising film, Tokyo! Click here to find out if there will be a showing near you: Tokyo! movie openings

Tokyo! will be released 3/6/09 in NYC, 3/13 in Chicago, 3/20 all over California

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