Tokyo is made up of three vignettes entitled Interiour Design , Merde and Shaking Tokyo, each with their own unique insight into this fascinating city. The quirky stories lead the viewer through a little seen Tokyo in the company of a headstrong young couple, a bizarre sewage man and a long time hermit forced out of hiding to find the pizza delivery girl he loves.
Lost In Quirky Tokyo
- Tokyo! review by Jawbreaker
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I’ve always enjoyed short films and novellas partially because there is no excess, every inclusion should develop the story and not outstay its welcome. In Tokyo! You have three reasonably sized snapshots, each taking the city as its inspiration for a tale. The first from Gondry focuses on a naïve couple trying to move to the metropolis and find a place to live. Charming, inventive and memorable, it’s everything we have come to expect from the director. The second is more offbeat, an outcast dwelling below the city; we follow him on escapades above. This tale is a theme of war, media and recognising past infractions. Sadly it’s the weakest of the bunch. The concluding story deals with a loner in the city, who dislikes personal contact. A freak event forces him to aid his regular pizza delivery girl. A tale about isolation and human emotions, this feels ideally slotted into the Tokyo we have heard about, but never experienced in the flesh. Overall a reasonable standard, with Gondry’s being the best of the bunch.