Tokyo! (2008)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Michel Gondry, Leos Carax, Joon-ho Bong, Gabrielle Bell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 30, 2009
Box Office: $0.2M
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Critic Reviews for Tokyo!

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (21)

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!

Full Review… | June 5, 2009
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 5, 2009
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 9, 2009
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 9, 2009
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 9, 2009
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Tokyo!


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 segments: the girlfriend of an experimental filmmaker feels useless until she undergoes an inexplicable metamorphosis; a shambling man-creature named Merde rises from the sewers to wreak havoc on Tokyo; a shut-in falls for a girl with buttons tattooed on her body. The best segment by a wide margin is Carax's "Merde": genuinely funny, it's like one of those experimental Saturday Night Live sketches about an uncomfortably strange character who harasses the people around him, except it doesn't grow wearisome after two minutes.

Greg S

Super Reviewer


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 cold and I could do without ever seeing it again.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

"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 by non-natives, Michel Gondry(Interior Design), Leos Carax(Merde) and Bong Joon-ho(Shaking Tokyo). The middle section is the worst and at times unwatchable, and does nothing to change my already negative opinion of Leos Carax.

In "Interior Design," Akira(Ryo Kase), a neophyte filmmaker in town to present a film, and his girlfriend Hiroko(Ayako Fujitani), crash at their friend Akemi's(Ayumi Ito) cramped apartment, promising that it will only be until they can find an apartment of their own. That does not turn out to be as easy as it sounds, as they also have to worry about finding jobs and a parking space. And then things get weird. If that is not bad enough, in "Merde," a savage man(Denis Lavant) is a nuisance to pedestrians. Things get worse when he locates a cache of grenades from World War II. At which point, it is perfectly understandable if you just want to stay inside all of the time which a man(Teruyuki Kagawa) has been doing for the past eleven years in "Shaking Tokyo," keeping his garbage very, very tidy. He remains isolated from his fellow human beings until he makes a connection with a pizza delivery girl(Yu Aoi) by pressing some of her buttons.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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