Compilation movies have never been among the most popular for US audiences: Just as more readers prefer novels to short stories, moviegoers generally prefer full-length. However, this may be changing -- slowly -- as indicated by the increased popularity of the series of Academy Award nominated shorts, live-action and animated, that have garnered theatrical distribution and been released to DVD over the past several years. This week TOKYO! arrives, in which three relatively famous filmmakers -- Michel Gondry (above, right) Leos Carax (center) and Boon Joon-Ho (left) contribute their short films to make up a 110-minute feature. The result? Not bad at all. Though I doubt film buffs will hail any of the three as classic, none is less than entertaining and all are occasionally thought-provoking.
TOKYO! opens in NYC Friday, March 6, exclusively at the Landmark Sunshine Theater.