Monday, February 7, 2011
Writers: Gabrielle Bell (graphic novel "Cecil and Jordan in New York"), Bong Joon-ho, Leos Carax, Michel Gondry
Directors: Michel Gondry, Leos Carax, Joon-ho Bong
Starring: Ayako Fujitani, Ryo Kase, Denis Lavant, Teruyuki Kagawa, Yu Aoi
three different segments by three different directors all take place in tokyo. one, a young bohemian couple moves to tokyo with big dreams and no cash. two, a strange one eyed "creature from the sewers" terrorizes the citizens of tokyo. three, a shut in who has everything delivered to him makes eye contact for the first time in ten years with his pizza delivery girl during an earthquake.
These were all really neat in their own rights, to the point where I'm going to go and seek features by Carax. (In looking up, I've found that we have watched both Mother and The Host from Bong). The connections between the three films are that they're set in Tokyo and they're a little weird. It would be unfair to give away much more than the synopses. Suffice it to say that each story is nicely self-contained, directed well and written well. Even though the subject matter is drastically different, one of the greater pleasures of this experience was watching the differences between the three styles.
Please don't think that our reviews glow less because they're short. I don't recommend this to everybody, but I recommend it highly to some and I think you know who yo are.
after our 200th post terrible movie extravaganza it was wonderful to watch a good movie. i highly enjoyed this. three completely different stories, but all a little strange in their own way which connected them all. we could have watched lea michele pooping while singing "jesus christ superstar" and thought it was a great movie compared to the crap we've been exposing ourselves to. i'm pretty sure this still would have been entertaining and put on the more positive side of our hyper-critical nature.