Tokyo!/Tokyo Sonata

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Tokyo!/Tokyo Sonata

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Tokyo!

Release Date: March 6

Directors/Writers: Michel Gondry, Leos Carax, Bong Joon-Ho

Cinematographers: Masami Inomoto, Caroline Champetier, Jun Fukomoto

Starring: Ayako Fujitani, Ryo Kase, Denis Lavant, Teruyuki Kagawa

Studio/Run Time: Liberation Entertainment, 112 mins.


Tokyo Sonata

Release Date: March 13

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Writers: Max Mannix, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Sachiko Tanaka

Cinematographer: Akiko Ashiza

Starring: Teruyuki Kagawa, Kyoko Koizumi, Yu Koyanagi

Studio/Run Time: Regent Releasing, 119 mins.


Tokyo! and Tokyo Sonata, two films by four directors containing six narratives, propose the Japanese megalopolis as a site for major weirdness. A girl turns into a chair. A man drives a car from the beach into the ocean. A zombie in a green suit climbs from the sewers and wreaks havoc.

Tokyo!  is comprised of three short pieces directed by Michel Gondry, Leos Carax, and Bong Joon-Ho respectively—two Frenchmen and a South Korean. All offer semi-magical outsiders’ perceptions of the city. After  Be Kind Rewind , his questionable foray into broad comedy, Gondry displays his semi-familiar misogyny in his “Interior Design” segment. But one character’s Ovid-like transformation into a chair, literally supporting a man, is a logical articulation of the bizarre sexual tension explored in  Science of Sleep . 

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