Tokyo Tribe (2014)

Tokyo Tribe
Director: Shion Sono
Writer: Shion Sono
Based on: Santa Inoue`s manga Tokyo Tribes
Cast: Ryôhei Suzuki, Young Dais, Shôta Sometani, Yôsuke Kubozuka, Nana Seino, Riki Takeuchi, Shôko Nakagawa, Yui IchikawaRyûta Satô
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 23.9.2015
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard.]

Plot:
Hip-hop Gangs rule Tokyo and they’ve each claimed their territories. That has worked quited well for a while but that peace has started to crumble. Bubba (Riki Takeuchi) and his henchmen, above all Mera (Ryôhei Suzuki), want to take over the entire city and get rid of the other tribes, in particular the one led by Tera (Ryûta Satô) and Kai (Young Dais) who talk of peace and love.

A Japanese hip-hop musical sounds fun, but in a sentence, Tokyo Tribe is sexist dreck interspersed with rape and it goes on way too long. I really couldn’t enjoy it.

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Love & Peace (2015)

Love & Peace
Director: Shion Sono
Writer: Shion Sono
Cast: Hiroki Hasegawa, Kumiko Asô, Toshiyuki Nishida, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Shôko Nakagawa
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 23.9.2015
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard.]

Plot:
Ryo Suzuki (Hiroki Hasegawa) has big dreams, but no self-esteem whatsoever. He is being bullied at work and he now sees people laughing at him everywhere. This all changes when he gets a pet turtle, Pikadon, with which he is happy for a while. Until his co-workers discover the pet and ridicule Ryo so much, he flushes it down the toilet. He instantly regrets it, but the decision catapults both Ryo and Pikadon on a long journey.

Love & Peace is the perfect Christmas movie that has just enough weirdness to keep it from being sickly sweet. Oh, who am I kidding, it’s still sickly sweet and I loved it.

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Nuigurumâ Z [Gothic Lolita Battle Bear] (2013)

Nuigurumâ Z
Director: Noboru Iguchi
Writer: Noboru Iguchi, Jun Tsugita
Based on: Kenji Otsuki‘s novel Hōsei Ningen Nuigurumā, which is in turn based on Tokusatsu’s song Tatakae! Nuigulumar
Cast: Shôko Nakagawa, Rina Takeda, Takumi Saitô
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
Yumeko Ayukawa’s (Shôko Nakagawa) life is pretty chaotic. She rocks her lolita fashion, but she’s clumsy and just lost her job again. So she shows up at her recently divorced sister’s doorstep to move in. But Yumeko’s niece is less than excited about this – she’s been looking forward to spending some time alone with her mother. When Yumeko’s sister dies, she has to take care of her niece. She is helped by teddy bear Busuke who has come to life through an alien life force. When Yumeko and Busuke literally join forces, they become Nuigulumar (Rina Takeda), a superheroine. But Busuke isn’t the only alien force on earth.

I like crazy Japanese movies, but somehow Noboru Iguchi regularly manages to barrel past me with his films. There were good moments, but it was just a little too much of everything for me.

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