Gondry Indie Film Tokyo! Starts Its Tour This Weekend

tokyo!-gondry-carax-bong-poster In the manner of Paris Je T'aime and New York Stories, Tokyo! deals with one of the most profound questions of city life. Do we shape cities or do cities shape us? As in the Paris and New York films there are multiple directors slated for the same project. This go-around the directors are Leos Carax, Bong Joon-Ho, and one of my favorite directors, Michel Gondry. I first fell in love with Gondry's manipulation of mise en scène through his many music videos that he directed for the likes of Beck, Radiohead, Foo Fighters, and the White Stripes. My appreciation of his visual styling continued on the big screen with films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Be Kind Rewind. In Tokyo! Gondry's segment called "Interior Design" is about a young couple who tries to set themselves up in Tokyo. The young man's ambition is clear — to become a film director. His girlfriend, far more indecisive, cannot escape the vague feeling that she's losing control of her life. Directionless, both are beginning to go under in this vast city until the young woman, utterly alone, becomes the object of a bizarre transformation... "Merde" is the segment directed by Leos Carax.  A mysterious creature spreads panic in the streets of Tokyo by means of his provocative and destructive behavior. This man, dubbed "The Creature of the Sewers" by the media, arouses both passion and repulsion...until the moment he is captured... The main character in Bong's "Shaking Tokyo" segment has been a hikikomori, for more than 10 years. He lives shut up in his apartment, strictly limiting all contact with the outside world to an absolute minimum. When a pizza delivery girl faints in his home during an earthquake, the unthinkable happens — he falls in love. Shortly after, he learns that the girl has in turn become a hikikomori. Will he dare cross the threshold that separates his apartment from the rest of the world? While I'm not too familiar with the works of Carax or Bong, I'm looking forward to gaining some insight into their respective styles. Check out the trailer for Tokyo! after the jump. Tokyo! Tour Dates: 3/6/09 : NYC Landmark's Sunshine Cinema 3/8/09: Miami Regal South Beach Cinema 18 3/13/09: Chicago Music Box Theatre 3/15/09: Miami Regal South Beach Cinema 18 3/18/09: San Francisco Sundance Kabuki Cinema 3/20/09: San Francisco Landmark's Lumiere Theatre 3/20/09: Berkeley Landmark's Shattuck Theatre 3/20/09: San Jose Camera 12 Downtown 3/20/09: Los Angeles Landmark's Nuart Theatre 3/20/09: Orange County (Irvine) Edwards Westpark 8 Cinema 3/21/09: San Jose Camera 12 Downtown 3/21/09: Cleveland Tower City Cinemas 3/22/09: Cleveland Tower City Cinemas 3/27/09: Washington DC Landmark's E Street Cinema 4/3/09: Portland Cinema 21 4/10/09: Boston (Cambridge) Kendall Square Cinema 4/10/09: St. Louis Tivoli Theatre 4/10/09: Austin The Alamo Drafthouse, South Lamar 4/10/09: San Diego Landmark's Ken Cinema 4/10/09: Miami Bill Cosford Cinema at the Univ. of Miami 4/10/09 : Philadelphia Landmark's Ritz at the Bourse 4/17/09: Sacramento Tower Theatre 4/17/09: Houston Angelika Film Center 4/17/09: Dallas Angelika Film Center 4/17/09: Miami Bill Cosford Cinema at the Univ. of Miami 4/24/09 : Columbus Landmark's Gateway Theater 4/24/09: Minneapolis Landmark’s Lagoon Cinema Related post: Are “Indie” movies really independent? Or is it just “Indiewood”??? American's Eat Up Japanese Bento Philosophy

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