A filmmaker's girlfriend (Ayako Fujitani) undergoes a transformation in one of three stories that showcase the eponymous Japanese city and its people.
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" Although each portion of Tokyo! has a distinct flavor, this sampler of undercooked fish stories has a cumulative effect, one that is trippy if not toxic. "
" By turns playful and melancholy, provocative and sentimental, all three of the shorts that make up Tokyo! seem like direct responses to the city itself as well as being jumping-off points for each director's personal quirks. "
" For the new omnibus feature Tokyo!, Bong Joon-ho, Leos Carax and Michel Gondry were invited to make a film in the Japanese capital. "
" If you've seen Paris, je t'aime or New York Stories, you know the rate of return on these urban omnibuses is variable, and so it is here. Go in expecting minor pleasures and you'll be fine. "
" Isn't likely to make many best-of-2009 lists, but its originality in an era of cookie-cutter moviemaking is greatly appreciated. "
" Mutants abound as each episode trips the light fantastic. "
" Paris, New York and even Toronto have all gotten their due in a recent wave of city-centric omnibus films that let world-renowned auteurs run wild in their streets. Yet none of these yielded anything as strange or as idiosyncratic as Tokyo! "
" Perhaps it is inevitable as three foreign directors train their lenses on that unique island culture of the East that all three are propelled by fantasy or science fiction, and suggest more alienation from Tokyo than affection for the great city. "
" The cumulative strangeness of Tokyo! is consistent with the previous eccentricities of the three directors, and is well worth the time of any moviegoer looking for something different in their movie diet. "
" The directors lay down strong stamps of personality in their choice of subjects and mise-en-scenes, while employing touches of fantasy that range from teasingly surreal to unsubtly grotesque. "
" The overall project succeeds at offering three tantalizing films for the price of one movie ticket. "
" The refusal of Tokyo! to proffer even the most perfunctory air kiss is what makes it so intriguing. "
" Tokyo! is a must-see for the Gondry segment, and a strange, diverting pleasure for the rest. "
" With Tokyo itself playing a varied role in each film, the setting clearly served its purpose, inspiring three decidedly unique points of view. "
" All three films deal with things hidden, or disappearing, or suppressed. But Tokyo, if anything, becomes more of a mystery after Tokyo! than it was before. "
" Overall, Tokyo! is two-thirds of a good movie. "
" Three directors, three films, three reasons to rethink moving to Tokyo. "
" Tokyo! has no real reason for being, least of all as a city portrait. It's disposable art-house tourism, made by filmmakers with too many festivals to attend. "
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