Tokyo Tribe Blu-ray Review
“Tokyo Tribe” is something else.
To describe “Tokyo Tribe” in great depth would be a disservice to the film. It’s the type of movie you should know as little as about in order to experience it fully. With that said, I will say that it is a hip-hop action-musical based on a manga series about a violent, power-hungry tribe (AKA a gang) that declares war on rival tribes.
Cult filmmaker Shion Sono is fast becoming a favorite amongst film buffs and it’s easy to see why after “Tokyo Tribe” because he’s one hell of an original filmmaker. I don’t often say this (In fact, I may never say this), but ‘Tribe’ is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
While cartoonish and a bit juvenile at times with its humor, “Tokyo Tribe” is a relentless adrenaline rush. There is no downtime in this energetic film at all as it assaults your senses from start to finish with hip-hop dialogue, beatboxing, martial arts action, crazy violence, sex, exquisite long tracking shots, and a cast of seemingly hundreds. How Sono managed to craft such a complex, ambitious, off-the-wall production is beyond me. It’s truly a sight to behold and it’s easily one of the best films of 2015 (or 2014 depending on if you saw it at a festival).
Presentation: Widescreen 1080p. How does it look? Vibrantly colorful. You can’t ask for a better transfer.
Audio Track: Japanese 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Between the hip-hop and the action, this track never stops working. As lively as can be.
Extras: XLRator Media trailers and a “Tokyo Tribe” theatrical trailer.
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