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  •  REVIEW: TOKYO EYES

    Tokyo Eyes

    Vid kid

    "Tokyo Eyes" is the strange story of a mysterious young man with a video camera and a gun who puts on blurry glasses and fires inaccurately at strangers.

    By ROBIN EISGRAU
    Offoffoff.com

    "Tokyo Eyes" dovetails twin themes of crime story and young romance as played out in the streets of the Japanese city that gives the film its title. In this intricate film, a mysterious young man (played by Shinji Takeda) who goes by the name "K" prowls around Tokyo with a digital camera and a gun. When he finds a target, he dons glasses that blur his vision and fires at his victim, missing every time.

      
    TOKYO EYES
    Written and directed by: Jean-Pierre Limosin.
    Cast: Shinji Takeda, Hinano Yoshikawa, Kaori Mizushima, Tetta Sugimoto.
    In Japanese with English subtitles.
    The newspapers track his string of crimes, calling him "four eyes." Hinano (Hinano Yoshikawa), the 17-year-old sister of the detective who is on the case, spots the unusual young man on a subway and the next day calls in sick to the beauty parlor where she works in order to try to find him.

    Enlisting the help of her sympathetic boss and armed with a video camera, she finds K in the backyard of a building located down a winding street. The chemistry between them is undeniable and what unfolds is very much like a Japanese interpretation of Godard's film "Breathless," in which two young lovers under the shadow of crime play out their romance against the backdrop of a great city. But unlike "Breathless," where the trouble for the star couple increases as the film proceeds, things for Hinano and K actually turn sunnier as their love blooms.

    Tokyo Eyes  
    Takeshi Kitano makes a brief appearance as the gangster who lent K his gun. There are charming scenes of tenderness between Hinano and K, expecially when she performs her first haircut on him (after which Takeda bears a striking resemblance to Depeche Mode's singer Dave Gahan), they dance on the subway, and he removes a foreign object from her eye with his tongue.

    A lyrical cinematic sonnet on youth and romance, "Tokyo Eyes" will make you want to fall in love.

    JULY 25, 2001
    OFFOFFOFF.COM • THE GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE NEW YORK


    Reader comments on Tokyo Eyes:

  • I love it   from James, Oct 22, 2001
  • [no subject]   from Kadel, Feb 19, 2002
  • I love this film-DONęT MISS IT!!!   from Eileen, May 9, 2002
  • i'm in love with this film!   from sam, May 10, 2002
  • JAI TROP KIFFFFE =)   from OminouS, May 11, 2002
  • I am addicted to Takeda Shinji!!!   from Coral, May 21, 2002
  • a very very good movie   from sylvana, May 26, 2002
  • Uuuuuh!   from Venia, Jul 13, 2002
  • i love it so much!!!   from Allan, Nov 7, 2002
  • trop bien   from paulinE, Nov 20, 2002
  • JE SUIS ACCRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   from leslie, Dec 6, 2002
  • Shinji Takeda   from Ayu, Jan 9, 2003
  • Re: Shinji Takeda   from Nai Cheung, Nov 29, 2003
  • [no subject]   from tereza, May 13, 2003
  • "Can't stop thinking about it"   from juan a, Jul 25, 2003
  • Re: [no subject]   from Nai Cheung, Nov 29, 2003
  • Hinano und Shinji   from Lena, Apr 11, 2004
  • Takeda Shinji-kun ROX!!   from Tatsuhiko, May 6, 2004
  • I love this film   from Mathieu, May 24, 2004
  • I love this   from Math, May 24, 2004
  • Are you guys insane?   from Sara, Jun 14, 2004
  • question about the ending **spoiler**   from bethany, Aug 26, 2004
  • Re: question about the ending **spoiler**   from Emily, Mar 5, 2009
  • Re: question about the ending **spoiler**   from Tatiana, Dec 12, 2010
  • I LOVE HINANO   from LULU, Nov 24, 2004

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