Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 66


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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. After wreaking some mild havoc, the creature is captured and interrogated by the authorities. Merde, as this terrorist calls himself, baldly indicts the people of Japan as "disgusting," and the ending suggests that future cities are ripe for harassment.


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Critic Reviews for Tokyo!

All Critics (66) | 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!

    Jun 5, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 5, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 9, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 9, 2009 | Rating: 3/4
  • Tokyo! is a must-see for the Gondry segment, and a strange, diverting pleasure for the rest.

    Apr 9, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • If you've seen Paris, je t'aime or New York Stories, you know the rate of return on these urban omnibuses is variable, and so it is here. Go in expecting minor pleasures and you'll be fine.

    Apr 9, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Tokyo!

  • Feb 06, 2014
    Bookended by two wonderful films by Bong and Gondry; it's best to skip through the nasty second film.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2012
    Three directors. Three thirty-something-minutes film set in Tokyo. Don't expect to learn anything about the Japanese city, those stories could have pretty much been set anywhere. All three movies are very different from each other. The first one is just an excuse for Michel Gondry to do his thing. Leos Carax directs the second one, it's strange but hilarious. The final one, but not the least, is a cute love tale from Bong Joon-ho. All three movies are exceptionally wet shot, they carry the print of their authors and they all work in what they attempt to do. Could be watched separately and it wouldn't change a thing.
    Hugo S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2011
    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 jumping up and down about unless your name's Zebedee.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2010
    3 short stories using tokyo as a setting, 3 very diferent tales and all adding a lot to the stories they are telling, the biggest name here being michael gondry, all three tales are never dull, and very stylish in what they are doing, the first story being my fav, about a couple arriving in tkyo, stying with a friend, and trying to start fresh, then it turns to something peculier and great, the 2nd funny in parts about a mad frenchman roaming madly in city being catured then tried for its crimes, this is also great and finally the third concerning a shut in, who through a chance encounter, needs to act, all stories add a bit of quirk t them, and are never dull, and very stylish
    scott g Super Reviewer

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