Tokyo! (2008)

Triptych feature telling three separate tales set in Tokyo, Japan. "Shaking Tokyo" centers on a man who has lived for 10 years as a hikikomori, (a term used in Japan for people unable to adjust to society and so they never leave… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 30, 2009
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An imaginative, if uneven, love letter to a city that signals a great creative enterprise by its three contributing directors.

Jason Anderson
Toronto Star

Paris, New York and even Toronto have all gotten their due in a recent wave of city-centric omnibus films that let world-renowned auteurs run wild in their streets. Yet none of these yielded anything as strange or as idiosyncratic as Tokyo!

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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post

All three films deal with things hidden, or disappearing, or suppressed. But Tokyo, if anything, becomes more of a mystery after Tokyo! than it was before.

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

Gondry, Carax, and Bong work up three riffs not on Tokyo but on "Tokyo"-all reasonably diverting and offering distinctive curlicues on the title's exclamation point.

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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail

Perhaps it is inevitable as three foreign directors train their lenses on that unique island culture of the East that all three are propelled by fantasy or science fiction, and suggest more alienation from Tokyo than affection for the great city.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Although each portion of Tokyo! has a distinct flavor, this sampler of undercooked fish stories has a cumulative effect, one that is trippy if not toxic.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

My problem is that even though the three weird stories are intriguing and of interest in their own right, but when compiled as one film they seemed undeveloped.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Overall, Tokyo! is two-thirds of a good movie.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Tokyo! is a must-see for the Gondry segment, and a strange, diverting pleasure for the rest.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

All three screenplays were probably composed on the plane to Japan. With any luck, this trend will die out.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
Since Paris has an anthology film on the theme of love, Tokyo gets one on the theme of weirdness, from Michel Gondry, Leos Carax, and Bong Joon-ho. Three… More
Lesley N
Seems like everyone rates these 3 mini-films differently, so my rating is .... Carax one star, Gondry two stars and Bong three stars and none of em worth much… More
Nicki Marie
Loved the first of these three short stories, third one was pretty good also. Second one... well... not to say it was a bad short film, but it certainly left me… More
Ryan Casselman
While there is some things to like in these three short films that take place in Tokyo, especially in Gondry's short, there is no need to rush and watch as… More
Walter M.
"Tokyo!" is an uneven triptych of short films set in the title city with an emphasis on urban angst, following a thematic progression. All are made… More
Marcus Woolcott
Bookended by two wonderful films by Bong and Gondry; it's best to skip through the nasty second film.

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