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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 their homes) and what happens when he falls in love one day with a pizza delivery girl. "Interior Design" follows the story of a wannabe movie director who arrives in Tokyo with his girlfriend only to find that parts of her bones are turning into wood. "Merde" concerns a hideous, Gollum-like humanoid that emerges from the sewers of Tokyo.… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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!"
‑ Jason Anderson, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Philip Kennicott, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Tickles, repulses, and beguiles"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The most deft touch belongs to Gondry."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"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."
‑ Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"All three screenplays were probably composed on the plane to Japan. With any luck, this trend will die out."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Sandwiched between Gondry and Bong's variously euphoric entries, Carax's contribution seems either a work of deep cynicism from an inveterate party-pooper or a welcome satirical sour note from one of the great talents of 80s and 90s French cinema."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Reverse Shot
"The oddness is sort of refreshing."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Overall, Tokyo! is two-thirds of a good movie."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Tokyo! is a must-see for the Gondry segment, and a strange, diverting pleasure for the rest."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"If Tokyo! has a unifying idea, it's the devastating effect loneliness has on the psyche, an interesting choice given Tokyo's status as one of the world's densest cities."
‑ Sonny Bunch, Washington Times
"Some may consider it a callous critical evaluation. In truth, it's nothing short of a luxuriant love letter."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"This triptypch of short flicks about the Japanese capital by non-Japanese filmmakers is wildly intriguing to me, as someone who has never been there but would like to visit..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
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