Taking place years after the Shibuya riots, which took its toll on the streets of Tokyo, the various Tribes aka Gangs of Tokyo, find themselves enjoying a relatively peaceful existence. That is until a power-crazed Yakuza, Buppa, and his trusty right hand man, Mera, form a diabolical plan to destroy the various Tokyo Tribe's once and for all. Sion Sono's Tokyo Tribe is a one of a kind film, a hip hop fueled musical that draws inpiration from a wide array of films including West Side Story, Clockwork, Orange, and Escape from LA, among others. As one would expect from a Sion Sono film, Tokyo Tribe is a highly stylized film, featuing an incredibly amount of energy from start to finish. Featuring beautiful production design, Tokyo Tribe creates this gritty yet colorful world, giving a unique vision of Japan that is not quite like anything you've ever seen before. With nearly half of the dialogue being delivered by authentic hip hop artists, Tokyo Tribe is a great music experience by its own right but the way the film blends these energizing musical numbers with highly provocative action sequences and absurdist comedy is what makes it truly special. Tokyo Tribe excels in nearly every facet it tackles, feautring extremely well-crafted action scenes, outlandish comedy, and even a subtle commentary on masculinity that somehow works no matter the absurdity of the narrative. In a time where too many films are called unique, Sono's Tokyo Tribe is truly one of the most unique films of the year, delivering a truly unforgettable experience.
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