Tokyo! trailer online
The first trailer for Tokyo!, the film made from three segments by directors Michel Gondry, Leos Carax and Bong Joon-ho, two of which sound exceedingly strange, while the Bong Joon-ho segment sounds the sanest and most attractive.
The trailer doesn't give away that much, although if you know a little about some of the segments then you can certainly see some interesting and relevant shots, otherwise it's just a series of quick snaps of the segments, something I think we should be glad of in that it's not setting out to give anything away.
I was also sent the official synopsis for Tokyo!, and each of the three segments, which you can read right here:
Interior Design directed by Michel Gondry
Hiroko and Akira (Ayako Fujitani and Ryo Kase), a young couple, arrive in Tokyo to pursue their careers, moving in temporarily with Hiroko's old friend Akemi (Ayumi Ito), a career girl whose boyfriend quickly tires of the houseguests. Hiroko and Akira appear to have a solid and mutually supportive relationship that will seemingly carry them through any challenge. Akira, the young man, takes steps towards his ambition to become a filmmaker, but the woman is less sure of herself and gradually she begins to lose herself in the vast city. Ultimately she under-goes a surreal metamorphoses that gives her an unexpected sense of peace and purpose. Adapted from the comic Cecil and Jordan in New York.
Merde directed by Leos Carax
Merde is the name given to an unkempt, gibberish-spewing subterranean creature of the Tokyo sewers, played by Denis Lavant, who rises from the underground lair where he dwells to attack unsuspecting locals in increasingly brazen and terrifying ways: he steals cash and cigarettes from passersby, frightens old women and salaciously licks schoolgirls, resulting in a televised media frenzy that creates mounting hysteria among the Tokyo populace. After discovering an arsenal of hand grenades in his underground lair, Merde slips into full-on assault mode, hurling the munitions at random citizens and creating a Godzilla-like atmosphere of urban terror, which the media promptly laps up and reflects back to its equally voracious television audience. Enter pompous French magistrate Maître Voland (Jean-François Balmer) - a dead ringer for the sewer creature's gnarled and twisted demeanor - who arrives in Tokyo to represent Merde's inevitable televised trial, claiming to be the sole person in the world able to speak his client's unintelligible language. The media circus mounts as lawyer defends client in a surreal court of law hungry for a satisfying resolution. Merde is tried, convicted and sentenced to death - until justice takes an unexpected turn.
Shaking Tokyo directed by Bong Joon-ho:
Teruyuki Kagawa stars as a Tokyo shut-in, or hikikimori, who has not left his apartment in a decade. His only link to the outside world is through his telephone, which he uses to command every necessity from a series of random and anonymous delivery people, including the pizza that he lives on and the hundreds of discarded pizza cartons he meticulously stacks in and around his cramped apartment. But one day is different - his pizza arrives thanks to a lovely young woman who succeeds in catching the shut-in's eye. Suddenly an earthquake strikes Tokyo, prompting the beautiful young delivery woman to faint in her client's apartment. And then the unthinkable happens - the hikikimori falls hopelessly in love. Time passes and the shut-in discovers through another pizza delivery person that the improbable object of his affections has become a hikikimori in her own right. Taking a bold leap into the unknown, our hero crosses the threshold of his apartment and takes to the streets in search of his mystery girl, at last discovering his kindred spirit at the very moment another earthquake strikes.
I'm rather interested to see what these three unique film-makers have come up with for Tokyo!, and you can see why when you take a look at the trailer, coupled with the blurbs it's certainly going to be something different:
What do you think? A little too odd? A little too obscure? Or is there something more attractive here? Are the director's names enough to pull you to the film?
You can see more about the film on the official site, where you can read more about the film, check biographies, see some pictures, grab some downloads, and check the screenings coming up in the U.S. - note that they don't mention the upcoming screening at the Glasgow Film Festival on the 15th of February.