DVD: Tokyo! (15)

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Three directors take on Tokyo. First, Michel Gondry's vignette Interior Design follows a struggling young couple.

Next, Leos Carax's Merde introduces a leprechaun-like figure running riot in the city, snatching crutches out of the arms of the disabled, eating stolen banknotes and frightening young women. Finally, Joon-ho Bong's Shaking Tokyo depicts the disturbing Japanese phenomenon of hikikomori, or living in extreme social isolation. Bong's character hasn't been outside for 11 years, but when the pizza delivery girl faints in his flat during an earthquake, he falls in love. In all, a fun triptych; as disturbing as it is thought-provoking.