Tokyo! (Blu-ray)

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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 47 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Label: Liberation Ent
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • NTSC
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • DTS, Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1 - French, Japanese
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Interviews: Director Interviews
    • Trailers: Trailer
    • Making Of:
      1. Making of Interior Design
      2. Making of Merde
      3. Making of Shaking Tokyo
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Galleries: Photo Gallery
  • Features - Tokyo!:
    1. Interior Design - Michel Gondry
    2. Leos Carax
    3. Shaking Tokyo - Bong Joon-ho

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Entertainment Reviews:

Box Office - 02/13/2009
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Taken as a whole, the three parts of TOKYO! provide a challenging picture of contemporary Japan."
New York Times - 03/06/2009
"On one level Mr. Carax's film is a GODZILLA spoof. But with its conspicuous references to World War II atrocities by Japanese soldiers in China, memorialized in underground graffiti, the movie is also a critique of Japan's suppressed historical memory."
Los Angeles Times - 03/20/2009
"[Gondry] dials back his trademark whimsy, giving his tender story of Japanese slackers a naturalistic, lived-in feel until a surreal twist....By turns playful and melancholy, provocative and sentimental, all three of the shorts that make up TOKYO! seem like direct responses to the city itself..."
Washington Post - 04/10/2009
"Bong Joon-Ho's 'Shaking Tokyo' tackles a phenomenon within Japanese society, the hikikimori, or shut-ins, but it's done with a refreshingly light touch and perhaps a touch of hope."

Product Description:

This triptych of short films about Asia's most misunderstood metropolis features three directors known for cinematically capturing the uncanny, and showing the individual oddity and anxiety that lurks beneath the surface of our smooth social interaction. While the two Western filmmakers, Michel Gondry and Leos Carax, simply relocate their favorite themes to Tokyo, the Korean director Bong Joon-ho more successfully allows the city to dictate the style and content of his segment.

Gondry's "Interior Design" depicts Hiroko (Ayako Fujitani) and Akira (Ryo Kase), an aimless artistic couple who overstay their welcome in a friend's tiny apartment. Their illusions about finding success in Tokyo are gradually dissolved by the reality checks of their abysmal apartment search, some severe parking violations, and an embarrassing screening of Akira's shoddy debut film. Hiroko's antidote for her disappointment is to forcibly fluctuate the boundaries between reality and her perception, which ultimately results in an unusual transformation. "Merde," Carax's contribution, is the most memorable of the trio, but also the least successful. Denis Lavant plays a grotesque miscreant who periodically emerges from the sewers to terrorize the city. The sequence itself becomes a monstrous barrage of symbolism, as Carax variously invokes Tokyo's issues with immigration, terrorism, technology, translation, and the memory of war. Bong's "Shaking Tokyo" is a slow ode to the subculture of "hikikomori," Japanese agoraphobes who refuse to emerge from their homes. A shut-in (Teruyuki Kagawa) lives a contented life in his immaculately ordered apartment, marked by the straight lines of his stacked books and the harmonious circles of paper-towel rolls and water bottles. When a series of earthquakes and an encounter with an alluring pizza girl force the recluse to venture outside, Bong begins to blur the sharp defining lines and edges within the frame, washing out the crisp focus with an ethereal surge of light.

Product Description:

Three of world cinema's great visionaries: Michel Gondry (BE KIND REWIND, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND), Leos Carax (THE LOVERS ON THE BRIDGE), and Bong Joon-ho (THE HOST) each direct a segment of this surreal triptych set in the ultra-modern metropolis of Tokyo, Japan.In the tradition of such films as NEW YORK STORIES, NIGHT ON EARTH, PARIS JE T'AIME and its forthcoming sequel NEW YORK JE T'AIME, TOKYO! addresses the timeless question of whether we shape cities, or if cities shape us — in the process revealing the rich humanity at the heart of modern urban life.

Plot Keywords:

Anthology | Art / Artists | Big City | Monsters | Relationships | Surreal | Urban Life

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