Tokyo Tribe

Tokyo Tribe (2014)

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Set sometime in the future. Five years has passed since the Shibuya riots. There are now several tribes that exits in Tokyo. Boys makeup tribes and they occupy areas under their influence. Kai Deguchi is a member of the tribe Musashino Saru led by Tera. One day, a member of Musashino Saru is killed by rival tribe Bukuro Wu-RONZ led by Mera. Kai and Mera are former best friends, but not anymore. read moreMeanwhile, Tera, the leader of Musashino Saru and a moderate who forbids using violence, is killed by Mera from Bukuro Wu-RONZ. Musashino Saru is now divided by two sides: one advocates following their slain leader's non-violence idealogy and the other side who wants to use violence to exact revenge. A riot soon ensues among the tribes. ~~ Based on manga series "Tokyo Tribe2" by Santa Inoue.

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Feb 16, 2015
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Tokyo Tribe is an imperfectly perfect chaos. It’s one heck of a crazy bizarre Japanese Musical. And that’s exactly where its charm lies in. I completely loved it.

I have a confession to make; I always had a serious love-hate relationship with Sion Sono. It’s not because of his over the top style. Takashi Miike‘s more sadistic but he’s still one of my top favourite directors. However, all of my feelings toward read more Sion’s filmmaking changed to the positive side after this. He definitely amazed me.

The story was unusually chaotic. Tokyo Tribe is a Hip-Hop musical and I don’t even like Hip-Hop but man did it sound completely right! The plot centre on Tokyo’s different gangs that are continually at war with each other until a trigger sets them all off. 95% of the dialogues were rapped out. Sion made almost all of his characters rap their parts in a charming street symphony.

I would agree with you if you said this film was over the top, entirely sexist, brutally violent and edgy. However, those facts don’t deny that Tokyo Tribe is one of the best finely made films of 2014. The action sequences and characters’ interactions were eye-catching and marvellously made.

Sion’s explosive style was fast-paced –as always– which gave the film extra entertaining value. I didn’t like the CGI and some fallen parts here and there but I was certainly impressed to know that he actually cast real-life street tattooed members for his picture. They were undeniably fit and perfect for their roles.

Other actors, namely the veteran Yakuza star Takeuchi Riki, Sometani Shota, Suzuki Ryohei, Young Dais and Kubozuka Yosuke were strongly fit for their roles. I certainly didn’t think I would come to love their characters like that. The solid portrayal of bizarre and weird personas isn’t an easy job to do and this film’s cast brought it to perfection.

Tokyo Tribe was a throughout pleasurable mess of comedy –even parodies– action and some lessons. It’s not up to everyone’s taste but those who appreciate Japan’s weird filmmaking are in for an exciting treat.
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Feb 15, 2015
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
Tokyo Tribe is, no doubt, one of the most bizarre films I've ever seen. I was kind of expecting that, considering the director is the wonderful and weird Sion Sono. This fil is just very weird.

The story itself is the weakest apsect of the film. The first half of the film was a bit slow, but once the Tribes war starts, it gets REALLY entertaining and fun. Sometimes the story it's read more a bit silly, and that's why I didn't like it as much as other things in the film.

I'm pretty sure that the cast had a blast making this film, because it clearly shows in their performances. Many of the actors aren't real actors, they are rappers, martial artists, models, etc, but they fit in perfectly, and their performances are great. To me, Ryohei Suzuki gives the best performance as Merra.

The music is SPECTACULAR. This is easily the best soundtrack I've heard in a long time, and I don't even like rap or hip hop music. A great part of the dialogues are said through rap, so if you hate rap, this film isn't for you. But if you don't hate it, you should give it a try, even if you don't like too much.

Another thing that definitily deserves mention is the production design. The sets are GORGEOUS. I was surprised when I found out the film was made on a low budget, because the sets look expensive. They are really beautiful and well done. And the lighting is gorgeous too.

To sum up, if you're looking for a fun but bizarre experience, Tokyo Tribe is the film for you, and it comes with good performances, fantastic music and gorgeous visuals.
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    elli Apr 7, 2017

    Kohh hahaha

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    mini Nov 28, 2016

    they forgot the "comedy" and "musical" tag, the rap was so cringe worthy I laughed more than i watched any comedy movie. Its not "good" but it was interesting enough to make me watch it until the end.

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    SprinkledPink Jun 7, 2016

    My least favorite Sion Sono film. The hip hop in this movie is outdated and embarrassing. Absolute garbage.

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    Room707 May 14, 2016

    This film is Japanese rapper porn for me lol. If you like Japanese rap, you'll see some very familiar faces throughout this film xD

    I'm a Sion Sono fan, but this film, overall, was okay for me. It is very funny, has great action and is visually stunning, but its plot is pretty basic and, for me, it lacks some characterisation. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys outlandish and funny Japanese films and, of course, anyone who likes about of rap in their life lol.

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    ParanoidAndroid Feb 2, 2016 - edited

    These movie is extremely chaotic. While I often thought wtf am I watching I still was interested enough to keep watching. After the first 20 minutes I got into it. It's just a really weird movie, the kind of movie I would normally not be into because it's silly and super weird. I can see why others might not like it but I did a lot actually. And I found myself crushing on Mera against my will lol

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    kitamu Dec 21, 2015 - edited

    0/10 daito shunsuke didnt rap even once

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      Room707 May 14, 2016

      He did... he was Iwao, the dude in the big armored getup lol. That guy rapped about 3 different times in the film. Even at the end.

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      kitamu May 17, 2016

      yea i know haha it was just fewer times i expected so i was a lil salty

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      Room707 May 17, 2016

      Haha aaah okay :)

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    4444 Nov 30, 2015

    if u like hip hop and fighting u should watch this :P

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    MoseKnows_all Jul 9, 2015 - edited

    What a wonderfully batshit insane film! Ryohei gave a standout performance!

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    HAMEX Jun 21, 2015

    I'm shock with Suzuki Ryohei's role...he's so bold here! may be because i already got carried away by his performance on Tenno No Ryoriban that so soft, and right before it, i watch him in Seventh Code, Hot Road, they are really different side, and later he will play Goda in Ore monogatari,, wooow

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    Taeil May 24, 2015

    i didn't expect to like this film as much as i did


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    SayItAintSoJoe Feb 2, 2015 - edited

    This movie is epic, son! Everywhere Ai to Makoto failed, Tokyo Tribe succeeded. Sono Sion really hit a grand slam with this one! I loved the criticism about war and the good positive message in the end. Not to mention the crazy awesome ride to get there, haha! So much fun! I think I'm going to watch it again!

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      gouletjo Feb 7, 2015

      Should I read Tokyo Tribe 1 (manga) to enjoyed this movie ?

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      SayItAintSoJoe Feb 7, 2015

      no, i've never read it. Plus, they explain things in the beginning. It's not very complicated.

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      gouletjo Feb 7, 2015

      Thank you SayItAintSoJoe!! I will watched it!!

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      Raincat Feb 18, 2015 - edited

      I strongly recommend watch anime before you watch this movie.

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    John Feb 2, 2015 - edited

    "Five years has passed since the Shibuya riots..." is there a prequel to this??

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      John Feb 5, 2015

      Thanks :)

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      BrightestStar Feb 17, 2015

      thx! I didn't know about the anime XD

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      Raincat Feb 18, 2015 - edited

      :d glad to help. I think that before watch this movie everybody should watch anime....

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      BrightestStar Feb 18, 2015

      too late for me lol but I'll still watch the anime ;)

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    Cheer Sep 15, 2014 - edited

    This Hip Hop Action Musical sounds like another weird Japanese film I would definitely enjoy. It also got great votes from critics that I trust their judgement.
    I watched the trailer and great lord, I can't wait to see Shota rapping,There are also some pretty great names like Kubozuka Takeuchi and Denden. Let's not forget Daito and Sato as well. This will be such a long wait!

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    Geanina Jun 25, 2014

    Tokyo. A multitude of tribes exist, with resident youth ruling the streets through violence while protecting their own turf. Shibuya Saru, Shinjuku Hands, Kabuki GiraGira Girls, Musashino Saru and...Bukuro Wu - Ronz. Until now, crossing territorial lines has led to riots and rumbles. In Bukuro, Big Buppa (Big Daddy), his son Nkoi and Wu - Ronz leader Mera have local politicians in their pockets, taking control of the neighbourhood while expanding their power. Even within tribal rivalries, Mera holds a particular grudge against Musashino Saru.
    One day, Tokyo Tribe's lead character Kai, a Musashino Saru member, enters Bukuro turf with fellow gang member Hasheem and Musashino Saru leader Tera to help out their abducted comrade, Kim. There, Kai meets a mysterious girl named Sunmi. Kai and Mera face off. Why does Mera regard Kai with such hostility? What is Sunmi's true identity? Who is the “Archbishop” that Big Daddy's crew revere? The tribes are on the verge of exploding. Tonight, Tokyo is about to be enveloped in a battle that must be seen to be believed..


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    Aug 30, 2014
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    1 hr. 57 min.


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