(Michel Gondry, Leos Carax, Joon-ho Bong, 2008)

Do ANY of these projects featuring multiple directors’ take on a single subject, especially a location, hang together as a full film?

The collaboration seems mushy and not much about its subject. That is, unless you consider that life in Tokyo includes the impossibility of finding an apartment, deranged lunatics and loneliness. But isn’t that prevalent in many modern cities?

Best of the bunch is “Shaking Tokyo”, directed by Bong, featuring a reclusive man who is pulled out of his self-imposed prison by deux ex machina/love. It’s not great, but it’s at least more even and intriguing than the rest.



Posted on July 8, 2009, in Film log and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Scott W. Black

    Right on! What did any of these stories have to do with Tokyo specifically? Good to see that I wasn’t the only one disappointed by this.

  2. I watched this over the weekend. I agree with your pick for best, but it’s hardly praise considering the company. Is Gondry to be trusted anymore?

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