There are some cinematic auteurs out there that push boundaries in ways that you can’t even imagine. Tokyo Tribe is, that it almost works but it over stays its welcome and and just goes on too long with its self-centred lunacy.
It’s Tokyo in an alternate future, a city that is littered with slums and nightclubs where young gangs rule the streets with an iron fist. Neighborhoods are on edge and conflicts are raging at a fever pitch on the brink of boiling over in ways that you would never expect.
There’s something to be admired in the absolute batshit crazy nature of the story that gonzo auteur Sion Sono puts on to the screen, but it pushes it all into a territory into a place that’s just mind numbing, abusing his film’s musical structure and running it unnecessarily into the ground. The design and style of the movie is hyper stylistic, looking like Harmony Korine and Alejandro Jodoworsky got together to make a movie, so it’s always eye popping and wild, even when it gets a little bit offensive. However, the bigger problem is that it wears thin pretty quickly, as having all the characters rapping over and over againg just gets boring.
It’s fun to watch, but no one will blame you if you need to hit the mute button. (Dave Voigt)
Sunday, September 14th, 3:30 PM, TIFF Bell Lightbox 3