Tokyo Tribe (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Tokyo Tribe's wild mishmash of tones and genres isn't always as much fun as it ought to be, but it'll hit the spot for filmgoers in search of something different.

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In a futuristic Japan, territorial street gangs form opposing factions collectively known as the Tokyo Tribes. When one of the gang leaders breaks the fragile peace, it triggers a brutal street war for supremacy. Based on a popular Manga series and told almost entirely in rap verse, TOKYO TRIBE is an ingenious mash-up of Yakuza gang violence, martial arts action and hip-hop musical.

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The nearly two-hour run time starts to feel like a concert where the hype men won't get off the stage.

Oct 26, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

There's a strange power to Sion's filmmaking that goes beyond the midnight-movie oddness of the plot. He likes the silly and the strange, but he has the style of a Spielberg; he can work wonders with a camera and make the dumbest ideas work.

Oct 25, 2015 | Full Review…

It's as if the American hip-hop culture has been fully lost in Japanese translation and skewed as something cartoonish.

Oct 23, 2015 | Full Review…

It's an infectiously over-the-top and unquestionably idiosyncratic mess, but it only holds together for as long as you're impressed by its commitment to an admittedly novel premise.

Oct 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The cumulative effect ... is numbing.

Oct 22, 2015 | Full Review…

The novelty factor fades midway through, and not even the bizarre sight of a (computer-generated) tank rolling down the streets and bombing buildings could really sustain or amplify the flagging energy of it all.

Oct 16, 2015 | Full Review…

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