TIFF Pick of the Day: September 4, 2014

Pick: Tokyo Tribe
Director: Sion Sono
Showtimes: Today at 11:59 p.m at the Ryerson Theatre; Friday, Sept. 5 at Scotiabank Theatre; Sunday, Sept. 14 at TIFF Bell Lightbox

From the director who brought us Why Don’t You Play In Hell?, the winner of People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award, comes the gangsta musical Tokyo Tribe. But this is no West Side Story. Based on the manga series TOKYO TRIBE2, the film takes place in a futuristic Japan, where brawls happen in Tokyo’s slums and nightclubs when gang boundaries are crossed. A war of hip hop beats, rapping, guns and martial arts is about to commence.

Why we chose Tokyo Tribe: Okay, let’s not pretend like we’re not already obsessed with Japanese culture. As if we didn’t need more reasons to love Japan, Sion Sono brings a distinct aesthetic to his film while also providing a fresh angle to the ordinary gang vs gang story line. Additionally, Sono casted real rappers, tattoo artists and stunt men for a lot of the main roles, so it adds authenticity to the characters.