Tokyo Tribe

Tokyo Tribe

Tokyo Tribe

The latest from Japan's enfant terrible Sion Sono (Why Don’t You Play in Hell?), a rap musical set in near-future Tokyo where 23 rival tribes struggle for control against a backdrop of Tarantino-esque violence, sex and corruption.

"In a futuristic, alternate-world Tokyo, the city is made up of ghetto slums and nightclub playgrounds where gangs of wayward youth rule the streets. The city is carved up into 'hoods, and the crossing of territorial lines quickly leads to riots and rumbles. On the turf ruled by the savage yakuza Big Buppa (Riki Takeuchi), the simmering tension is about to boil over into all-out war." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2014Rating: R18+, Strong sexualised violence, sexual references, nudity, themes and coarse language116 minsJapanJapanese with English subtitles
Science FictionWorld Cinema
Director:
Shion Sono ('Why Don't You Play in Hell?', 'Cold Fish', 'Love Exposure')
Writer:
Shion Sono
Cast:
Hitomi KatayamaAkihiro KitamuraTomoko KarinaRyôhei SuzukiHiroko Yashiki

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Tokyo Tribe / Reviews

Variety

Variety

There’s plenty of pinku-style nudity and threatened rape, martial-arts action and the occasional blood geyser. If that sounds like fun, it is, although... [it is] so insistently over-the-top from the start that the results are just fairly amusing when they ought to be exhilarating.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Sono is as unpredictable and willfully irresolute as ever, and if Tokyo Tribe can be said to have a thematic point, it comes in the late exchange, "It's not dick size, it's the size of a man's heart that makes him great."

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

In-your-face, over-the-top gangsta-rap tribute peters out over a thin, sentimental premise.

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