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Tokyo Tribe (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Sono Sion (Director) | Kubozuka Yosuke (Actor) | Sometani Shota (Actor) | Suzuki Ryohei (Actor)
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Visionary filmmaker Sono Sion (Love Exposure, Why Don't You Play in Hell) creates Japan's first rap musical with Tokyo Tribe! Based on Inoue Santa's Tokyo Tribe2 manga series, Tokyo Tribe is set in a futuristic Tokyo in which its 23 districts have become 23 rival gang factions. In his first movie starring role, rapper Young Dais stars as Kai, the leader of the peace-loving Musashino Saru. When Bukuro Wu–Ronz's ambitious leader Meera (Suzuki Ryohei, The Forbidden Superhero) murders Musashino's Tera (Sato Ryota) to lure the Saru into a war, Tokyo factions like the Shinjuku Hands and the Shibuya Sarus are dragged into an all-out battle against Meera and the all-powerful Buppa Family. Featuring music by hip-hop collective BCDMG, Tokyo Tribe is an ambitious, wild gangster epic that's also one of the most entertaining films in the career of the bad boy of Japanese cinema.
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Product Title: Tokyo Tribe (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 東京暴族 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 东京暴族 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) TOKYO TRIBE (2014) (DVD) (香港版) Tokyo Tribe (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Kubozuka Yosuke (Actor) | Sometani Shota (Actor) | Suzuki Ryohei (Actor) | Takeuchi Riki (Actor) | Ichikawa Yui (Actor) | Nakagawa Shoko (Actor) | Sato Ryuta (Actor) | Ishida Takuya (Actor) | Daito Shunsuke (Actor) | YOUNG DAIS (Actor) | Seino Nana (Actor) | BCDMG (Actor) 窪塚洋介 (Actor) | 染谷將太 (Actor) | 鈴木亮平 (Actor) | 竹內力 (Actor) | 市川由衣 (Actor) | 中川翔子 (Actor) | 佐藤隆太 (Actor) | 石田卓也 (Actor) | 大東俊介 (Actor) | YOUNG DAIS (Actor) | 清野菜名 (Actor) | BCDMG (Actor) 洼冢洋介 (Actor) | 染谷将太 (Actor) | 铃木亮平 (Actor) | 竹内力 (Actor) | 市川由衣 (Actor) | 中川翔子 (Actor) | 佐藤隆太 (Actor) | 石田卓也 (Actor) | 大东俊介 (Actor) | YOUNG DAIS (Actor) | 清野菜名 (Actor) | BCDMG (Actor) 窪塚洋介 (Actor) | 染谷将太 (Actor) | 鈴木亮平 (Actor) | 竹内力 (Actor) | 市川由衣 (Actor) | 中川翔子 (Actor) | 佐藤隆太 (Actor) | 石田卓也 (Actor) | 大東俊介 (Actor) | YOUNG DAIS (Actor) | 清野菜名 (Actor) | BCDMG (Actor) | 井上三太 (Actor) Kubozuka Yosuke (Actor) | Sometani Shota (Actor) | 스즈키 료헤이 (Actor) | Takeuchi Riki (Actor) | Ichikawa Yui (Actor) | Shoko Nakagawa (Actor) | Sato Ryuta (Actor) | Ishida Takuya (Actor) | Daito Shunsuke (Actor) | YOUNG DAIS (Actor) | Seino Nana (Actor) | BCDMG (Actor)
Director: Sono Sion 園子溫 园子温 園子温 Sono Sion
Release Date: 2015-01-22
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, 2.35 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Duration: 116 (mins)
Publisher: CN Entertainment Ltd.
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1038073470

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In Tokyo in the not-too-distant future, each area is home to a unique “tribe” (Street gang), and their members maintain control while defending their territory with an iron fist. Riots and skirmishes break out between the tribes on a daily basis, but a delicate balance is maintained as they remain roughly equal in force. That is, until a certain incident causes their equilibrium to shatter and disintegrate. In the sex trade mecca of Bukuro, Buppa, his son Nncoi, and Bukuro Wu-Ronz tribe boss Merra use their political connections to expand their influence. One day, Merra sets a trap for Kim of the Musashino Saru, a fun and peace-loving tribe that he despises with all his being. His ulterior motive is to lure his hated prisoner, but also a mysterious girl named Sunmi. Why does Merra bum with such hatred for Kai? What is Sunmi’s true identity? And who on earth is the High Priest that Buppa and his clan worship? Merra initiates a war against Musashino Saru that will eventually embroil all Tokyo Tribes. This will be a night that no one will ever forget.
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January 12, 2015

Cult Japanese director Sion Sono returns to blow minds and speakers alike with Tokyo Tribe, a bold, brash hip hop musical told in his inimitably perverse poetic style. Based on a 1997 manga by Santa Inoue, actually the second in the series, the film sees Sono following last year's Why Don't You Play in Hell? with another wild, violent and colourful mix of genres, forms and cinematic techniques, subverting expectations and continuing to mark himself as one of the country's most distinctive directors.

The film is set in a vaguely futuristic Tokyo years after the Shibuya riots, the city divided up into a series of territories by gangs who keep to their own areas in the name of a fragile truce. An incident involving the peace-loving Musashino Saru and the brutal Wu-Ronz tribes changes everything, giving the evil Buppa (Takashi Miike regular Riki Takeuchi) the chance to try and seize power for himself - Buppa's psychotic Wu-Ronz henchman Mera (Ryohei Suzuki, Gatchaman) is only too happy to oblige, desperate to even the score with former best friend Kai (real life pro rapper Young Dais, aka Daisaku Shimada), and the city is soon torn apart by all-out war. Meanwhile, a mysterious and seemingly innocent young woman called Sunmi (Nana Seino, also in the excellent though sadly not widely seen Ku_on is snatched from the street by the Wu-Ronz and forced into prostitution, while a street kid (Makoto Sakaguchi) tries to free her, the two getting caught up in the struggle between Mera and Kai.

On paper, the idea of a Japanese rap epic might sound suspiciously like a spoof or some kind of cultural pastiche. However, though Tokyo Tribe is fantastically over the top and might well come across as being tongue in cheek, Sion Sono certainly took the film's hip hop elements seriously, engaging the services of the Japanese CDMG (Big Crow Dog Music Group) and with a great deal of work having gone into the dialogue and lyrics (and thankfully into the English subtitles). Along with the usual dash of Beethoven on the soundtrack, while not every line is delivered in verse, the rap comes thick and fast throughout and once the initial fears of gimmickry have passed works very well indeed. Performed by a mix of professionals and a game cast of actors and actresses trying their best to keep up, the standard of delivery unsurprisingly varies, though there's a definite and genuine feel for the musical form here, and an exuberant celebration of it as a storytelling technique, amplifying and exaggerating the more excessive aspects of its associated culture and trappings to glorious effect.

Of course, as a Sion Sono outing the rapping is only part of the film's uniqueness, working in gang battles, martial arts, torture, nudity, rape, Satanism, cannibalism, human furniture and unexplained earthquakes into a mad though oddly coherent and upbeat tale. Quite likely to offend or baffle some viewers, the film has an unhinged tone that veers from comedy and romance to vicious misogyny and machismo-mocking penis gags, equal parts West Side Story and A Clockwork Orange with elements of The Warriors and other gang actioners thrown in for good measure. Some bizarre performances from the flamboyantly costumed cast add to the madness, and special mention has to go to Riki Takeuchi for a scene-devouring turn that at times really defies belief. It's a chaotic, heady brew that bounces along at a hectic pace, Sono's lurid palette of day-glo colours and post-apocalyptic punk set design combining with the constant beats of the loud soundtrack to make for a unique and searing cinema experience - definitely a film to catch on the big screen if possible.

Tokyo Tribe is another hyper-confident piece of film making from Sion Sono, and one which sees him furthering the deranged passion for life, pandemonium and cinema shown in Why Don't You Play in Hell? Embracing the absurd with conviction and artistry, there's a powerful sense of hope and self-belief to the film, and while whatever themes and messages it may or may not possess are up for debate, there's no denying it as an intense and rousing work that's almost participatory in its infectious lunacy.

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