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Tokyo!, Dir. Michel Gondry, Leos Carax, Bong Joon-ho (2008)

O films consisting of several short stories by various authors signed a tendency to often say that they are uneven whole. Sure it would be difficult to find a compilation, this inequality someone who will sooner or later does not point out to. "Tokyo!" at its center piece also asks about it. Leos Carax directed by the story definitely stands out from the excellent films Gondry'ego and Bonga, both its level, as also to some extent the style of how he chose the director. But it was only the second is to some extent. As a whole, "Tokyo!" it is nevertheless a coherent film: and approach to the subject, and used this measure. Refers to the latter has an exclamation point in title. Balanced, realistic analysis of presenting contemporary life of the capital of Japan to look for in vain here, but instead is a surreal, grotesque, symbolically. In this instance, although more or less at different intensities.

This is not necessarily a lot of Tokyo, "Tokyo." The plots of movies Carax Gondry'ego and after minor changes ahead could be played out in a western city such as New York. Signed by the author of "The Science of Sleep" - "Interior Design" is the land transferred to the Japanese comic book adaptation "Cecil and Jordan in New York", the city itself also appears in the finished film mocking Carax as a place of his alleged continuing. A little different in the case of the novel, directed by Bong, directly relating to the purely Japanese phenomenon - Hikimori (meaning a person completely withdrawn from social life), but is perhaps nothing more than an extreme version of loneliness in the crowd. And that invariably occupies a leading position in the list of cardinal sins of modern city - no need to look up in Tokyo, is also in Krakow. Because - why promote stem from differences of the Japanese, not with their former (imperialist, insulation ...) the history of stereotypical ideas about them - Tokyo film grows here on the metaphor of today's city and its inhabitants in general. And here comes another common feature films Gondry'ego, Carax and Bong - "Tokyo!" is not a film for tourists as an "Paris, je t'aime", merrily it is not. City in "Tokyo!" is a bit of a trap, a little prison. With fewer prospects for the unit will also continue to jealously guarding the space of their borders and identities. However, and for je t'aime there will be some space.

Starting a whole, "Interior Design" is a return Gondry'ego to very good form after an unsuccessful "Be Kind Rewind." Eccentric, as much fun at a sad movie that could probably only go out of his hand. The heroes have come from somewhere if known: Akira, a young director like an amateur heroes "Be Kind Rewind", but it also has a lot of eccentricity Stephane from "The Science of Sleep," Stephane is very much like a girl Akira - Hiroko, in fact, is his next, no less a lost version. Hiroko It is here in the foreground. After arriving in Tokyo after failed attempts to find housing and work, staying in the shade of the first successes relating boyfriend more and more you start to feel the lack of its place - the role, which could be fulfilled. In the end it finds. Excellent, surprising ending makes an impression as if this story went to the front of the best short stories by Etgar Keret. In a similar way combines the absurd - surreal solution with a bitter, and thus all the more compelling lyricism.

similar, also, to some extent, Keret streaked with return sensitivity still directed by Bong last nowelce. In the central part of emotions will not.

title character, "Merde" is a mysterious Carax individual with devilish appearance, which, having arisen in one day on the streets of Tokyo begins to wreak terror upon them: the first only by his boorish manner, with time using a more powerful artillery. A word which probably best give the style you chose in your video Carax will - charge. His nowelka is absurd, satirical, ironic, even embarrassing (deliberately), it is also often surprising: the grotesque unexpectedly goes here in a more serious tone and he can indeed give rise to discomfort at all stupid. The only pity is that eventually all turns out to be strongly overloaded multiplicity of meanings which the director stuffs here. As long as the film seems to be primarily a satire on ethnocentric (nationalist ethnocentric) is a foreign idea well. Merde (from the monarchy. Word for "shit") grows here on the symbol all sorts of evil, which is identified with a stranger: it is savage, the yokel, racist, terrorist ... This is accompanied by the irony of duty imposed as much in Japan, which in their Western stereotype. Unfortunately, the director does not stop at one point throws in here have a truly messianic tropes. And this is nothing more than pretentious, is not pretentious and it's no small importance. Because, as in the same place refers to Godzilla and Christ ...

hero of "Shaking Tokyo" is hikimori Bonga, isolation from the world of a man who spent more than ten years alone in the walls of his house. His only contact with the outside is limited to a weekly repeal the door and pick up pizza at all costs which he avoids eye contact with another human being. But just a thoughtless glance at the exposed part of the thigh area of \u200b\u200ba young dostarczycielki pizza to raise our eyes and for the first time in years to see an attractive girl's face ... And whoever for Yu Aoi did not leave the house? Like the previous movies Bonga "Shaking Tokyo" impresses a great sense of directorial technique. Apparently a lot is happening, but what happens is brought to perfection. I first captivated a very subtle sensuality adopting the perspective of what a hero looks at the camera here on the first woman that he meets the ten-year post. But there is also a superb use of light and color, well-balanced static frames in succession, by which Bong creates a closed, sterile world of the hero, the world on the one hand tempts with its tranquility and security, on the other hand - are invited to shake it, tear down, to revive . Therefore, when the hero's life will be feeling, it will have the strength of the earthquake.

[text is a slightly amended version of the review, which at one time posted on the page Filmwebu]


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