Saturday, June 27, 2009
One of the year's most interesting discs is the soon to be released Tokyo! from Liberation Entertainment. This anthology film from iconic directors Michel Gondry, Leos Carax and Bong Joon-ho received a great deal of acclaim this past year during its theatrical and festival run, and it's arrival on DVD on June 30th is a welcome one.
Joon-ho's segment "Shaking Tokyo" offers up his first work since his The Host caused a great deal of attention back in 2006 from the critics and the public. Gondry's "Interior Design" was shot just after his extremely endearing and undervalued Be Kind Rewind, while Carax's "Merde" is his first work in nearly a decade since the intriguing but flawed Pola X.
Tokyo! features a great international cast including Julie Dreyfus, Ayako Fujitani and Denis Lavant. The DVD features a half hour documentary on each film, as well as additional featurettes containing more interviews. A full report of the disc and a review of the film is coming soon.