It’s pretty safe to say that anyone who is remotely familiar with director Sono Sion are eager to check out the chaos that awaits Japan screens for his new live-action contribution to manga author Santa Inoue for Tokyo Tribe. It is easily one of the most highly anticipated films of this summer by its niche and if anything, the reactions to the film’s initial teaser are proof of that. But if that’s not enough for you, the film also has a couple of cool new posters, in addition to a brand new snippet to the film’s ensemble theme song, “Hope”, with lead actor and hip hop artist Young Dais , and others. Take a listen, and click on the posters for larger viewing.
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.
Japanese music aficionados can expect Hope to release as a single on July 23, while the full soundtrack will get its day on August 20. Tokyo Tribe bows in Japan cinemas on August 30.
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