April 8, 2009 § Leave a comment
This weekend I was able to check out Tokyo! a series of 3 short films by directors Michel Gondry, Leos Carax and Bong Joon-Ho. I love watching shorts because it let’s the writer and director experiment a bit more with the narrative, leaving a lot of the story open for the viewer’s interpretation. One thing all of these films do really well is show a side of Tokyo, as a city, that people who have never lived or visted there would not get to see. The urban culture, young relationships, politics, and emotional/psychological issues all seem to come up in these three shorts, along with much more. Gondry’s short was probably my favorite of the three. I really like how complex his writing got at certain points and how he really introduces his characters very well. Even though there’s a language barrier you still seem to completely know each character by then end of the film. He is also able to incorporate his dream-state style into a narrative without making it too over the top the whole time. The second film by Leos Carax takes a totally different view on Tokyo, going with a more black comedy style, mixed with a lot of metaphorical references. Very odd in parts, but definitely made me think. The last film by Bong Joon-Ho is a bizarre love story between a man who has confined himself in his house, never going out into the world, and the delivery girl who brings him a pizza. Filled with forward thinking beautiful moments, the bouncing monkey part really blew me away. The films are depicted as visions of existence and I think that’s a great way to sum up the whole experience.
Check out the Tokyo! website for more info on the film and it’s directors.