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Thursday, August 07, 2014, 18:30 - 21:30

Sion Sono's explosive new rap musical, followed by Q&A with the director and
 stars Ryohei Suzuki, Young Dais and Nana Seino

Thursday, August 7 at 6:30 pm*tokyo-tribe-poster2570p
*Note early start time

In Japanese with English subtitles
Japan, 2014 116 minutes  

Written and directed by: Sion Sono
Based on: “Tokyo Tribe2” manga by Santa Inoue
Producers: Yoshinori Chiba, Nobuhiro Iizuka
Ryohei Suzuki, Young Dais, Nana Seino, Shunsuke Daitoh, Takuya Ishida, Yui Ichikawa,
Bernard Ackah, Joey, Yoshihiro Takayama, Arata Matsuura, Yuki Ishii,
Makoto Sakaguchi, Kokone Sasaki, Mika Kano, Shoko Nakagawa, Ryuta Sato,
Shota Sometani, Denden, Yosuke Kubozuka and Riki Takeuchi

Film courtesy of Nikkatsu

There really isn’t any other way to say this:

If you need any further enticement-slash-warning, here it is:

Your greatest fears have come true: Youth rule the roost. Five years have passed since the Shibuya riots, and Tokyo is now divided into territories run by 23 rival tribes - the Shibuya Saru, Shinjuku Hands, Kabukicho GiraGira Girls, Bukuro Wu-Ronz and my personal favorite, Nerimuthafuckaz - each with their own colorful approach to fashion and the new lingua franca: rap.

The only adult with any power is the repellent Lord Buppa (Takeuchi), whose son Nkoi (Kubozuka) can’t draw dad’s attention away from Wu-Ronz leader/Greek god-lookalike Mera (Suzuki). When not busy kidnapping fair maidens like Sunmi (Seino) for the brothels of Saga, Mera is intent on killing Kai (Young Dais). Using Sunmi as bait, he tricks the leader of the peace-loving Saru tribe into entering Bukuro, with Kai and two homies close behind, and…all hell breaks loose.

Not that hell has been far away, what with the constant visual assault of candy-colored neon, lewd graffiti, black leather thongs, flying kickboxers, a Kano sister, a midget, severed fingers in cigar boxes, human furnishings, penis jokes and other bad-taste echoes of Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange.”

Crossing territorial lines in this Tokyo results in ballistically choreographed, action-packed rumbles - just as it did in the New York of “West Side Story,” another obvious influence on Sono’s frenetic approach to the first live-action adaptation of Santa Inoue’s mega-bestselling manga series. Kai’s murderous rampage sets the stage for an all-out turf war, which Sono directs with all the deliciously delirious excess that has made the madcap-genius director (almost) a global household name. Blink and miss 20 scenes.

“Tokyo Tribe” opens across Japan on August 30. We’re screening it on August 7. Be there or be square!
For the trailer:

Writer-director SION SONO, purveyor of international hits “Love Exposure” (2008), “Cold Fish” (2010) and “Himizu” (2011), deploys the largest budget of his career with “Tokyo Tribe,” which is toplined by ultrahot actor RYOHEI SUZUKI (“Gatchaman,” “HK: Forbidden Super Hero”), popular rapper YOUNG DAIS and new sensation NANA SEINO. Learn more about them at the Q&A.

Please make your reservations at the FCCJ Reception Desk (3211-3161) or register below. Due to expected high demand, we ask that you not reserve more than four seats, and we will stop taking reservations when full capacity is reached. You may attend the Q&A session without attending the screening, but you will not have seating priority. Please reserve in advance, still & TV cameras inclusive. All movie screenings are private, noncommercial events primarily for FCCJ members and their guests.

- Karen Severns, Movie Committee

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