When twenty directors come together to celebrate a city on film, like in Paris je T'aime, it is easy to gain a palpable sense of the place, as if each scene is a brief peek into Parisian life. Best of all -- good or bad, another scene is only moments away; there are a myriad of scenes, styles, and experiences. With three, however, the stakes are raised. Each piece is important and cannot fade into a sea of many.
Tokyo! is a triptych that merges the visions of three creative filmmakers – Michel Gondry, who was responsible for the desperate, mind-wiping romance of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; Leos Carax, who created the tempestuous Pola X; and Bong Joon-ho, the man who brought us the wickedly fun horror film, The Host. True to their art, each offers fresh and unique creations that twist recognizable themes, but they are not exactly clips that merge into a cohesive look at the Japanese city. Instead, they seem much more like three random films that just happen to take place in Tokyo.