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Map of the Sounds of Tokyo

Rinko Kikuch , Sergi Lopez , Isabel Coixet  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rinko Kikuch, Sergi Lopez, Min Tanaka
  • Directors: Isabel Coixet
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Ifc Independent Film
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2010
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0045ZAQRS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,149 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Two lost souls make an unexpected connection in Map Of The Sounds Of Tokyo, a sexy thriller from writer-director Isabel Coixet (Elegy). Ryu (Rinko Kikuchi, Oscar nominee for Babel) is a fish-market employee by day, contract killer by night. David (Sergi Lopez, Pan's Labyrinth) is a Spaniard who runs a Tokyo wine shop. David's girlfriend has recently committed suicide, and her businessman father, blaming David, hires a hitman to kill him. The assassin turns out to be Ryu, and she falls for the man she has been sent to eliminate, leading to a series of steamy sexual encounters in a hotel. Will David learn of his new lover's secret intent? Will Ryu be able to get out of her deadly contract? The sounds of the Tokyo night hold the answers.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Basic Review January 10, 2011
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This film from 2009 is now available on DVD in the US from IFC. The writer-director,
Isabel Coixet, also did "Elegy". The lead actress, Rinko Kikuchi, was in "Babel" and
the lead male, Sergi Lopez, was in "Pan's Labyrinth". I can state the basic plot in one
sentence A hit-woman falls in love with the man she's contracted to murder. And here
is the rest (a few, mild plot spoilers). The beginning of the film was confusing to me
but this makes it easier to follow from the start. A wealthy businessman, CEO of a large
Japanese corporation, Mr. Nagara, grieves the suicide of his (apparently only) daughter,
Midori. He blames her boyfriend. His right-hand man says he will take care of it. He
contracts with a killer to murder the boyfriend (David). The killer, Ryu, works at a
fish market but is a free-lance killer in her spare time. The story is told from the
(improbable) point of view of an older Japanese male who frequently has lunches with Ryu.
He's hopelessly enchanted with her but she tells him nothing about her personal life. He
is a sound recorder by profession and he enjoys taping the sounds of Ryu (hence, the title).
Ryu locates the target but then becomes enamored of him and doesn't want to do the job.
David explains to Ryu that his girlfriend committed suicide, and he can't get over her--he
thinks about her every day. She was chronically depressed but he was much in love with her.

I thought this would be some kind of fast-paced sexy action film. It is not. It's not at all
fast-paced, there are no chase-scenes and a very minimal amount of shooting (apart from the
camera, that is) and it's really more of a sad love story.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching for Rinko Kikuchi April 22, 2011
First, let me say that the trailer for this film is rather misleading. It makes the film look like a sexy thriller.

It's actually a slow, picturesque drama about a fish market girl/assassin (Rinko Kikuchi, Babel) who starts a sexual relationship with her latest target (Sergi Lopez, Pan's Labyrinth), a foreign wine shop proprietor coming to terms with the death of his girlfriend.

The story is narrated (in Japanese with English subtitles) by an older man who records sound effects for movies, hence the title. He seems to be the only acquaintance of Kikuchi's character. She is quiet and seems lonely. She often visits the cemetery to clean the graves of people she has killed.

It's like Last Tango in Paris if that film were set in Tokyo, and if Maria Shneider's character were a hit woman hired to kill Brando. Instead of a run-down apartment, their trysts take place in a "love hotel" designed to look like a subway car (which, I'll admit, is quite interesting). However, this movie is not on the same level as Last Tango, mainly because it often lacks focus.

Rinko Kikuchi is what made this movie worth watching for me. She has a very interesting look, and her character here is mysterious. She has very little dialogue; most of her performance is in her facial expressions and her body language. (She also apparently isn't shy about nudity.) We never really learn much about her character, but it's hard to take your eyes off her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie…. January 20, 2014
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The premise was excellent…Part-time fish monger/ assassin turned love-struck partner of the wine merchant…..I especially love the love hotel settings in the 'densha'…..great movie!!!!!
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