Sunday, July 10, 2011

TOKYO! (2008)

Three post modernist short stories like shorts made by Michel Gondry, Leos Carax and Bong Joon Ho with the city of Tokyo as setting. The shorts are poignantly satirical and strange combination of fantasy and funny. Gondry’s ‘Interior Design’ is impressive one; it begins with a young drifter couple struggling for identity, job and an apartment in the city and it turns out as bizarre experience where the girl turning into wooden chair observing the world around! Carax’s ‘Merde’ is about a strange man or creature from sewer who survives in underground sewage and talks only to a French lawyer. It’s the weakest one in my opinion. Bong’s ‘Shaking Tokyo’ is the most direct and too personal in tone, narrated in first person. It is about a queer man living secluded life in a perfectly organized home out. He’s been out of human contact and sunlight for eleven years and than a pizza delivery girl with abstract buttons on her body shakes his world upside down. The ending is modern poetry like most of Bong Joon films. I just love the Gondry and Bong’s attempts to portray the satirical face of human emotions in mundane metros.
Worth to watch once.

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