Among the crowded streets, bright neon lights and capsule hotels, directors, Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind), Leos Carax (Pola X) and Bong Joon-ho (The Host), came together to make a triptych in Tokyo. In line with such films as Paris Je T’aime and New York Stories, TOKYO! addresses the question of whether we shape cities or if cities shape us.

Interior Design, directed by Gondry, is a story that he himself may be familiar with. It follows a young couple (Akira and Hiroko) confronted with the difficulty of moving to an unknown city. After attaining short-term and cramped lodging with a friend (Akemi), they go about trying to set up a life in Tokyo. Akira is an aspiring filmmaker preparing for his screening debut, as Hiroko, his girlfriend, searches for suitable apartments amongst maggot-infested hovels with very limited funds (she can’t even secure a job wrapping presents.) Soon consumed by her lack of ambition and overwhelming feeling of uselessness, Hiroko cannot help but succumb to the transformation that takes place. A Kafkaesque turn of events transpires and it's trademark Gondry.

Merde by Leos Carax, makes you wonder what’s really hiding in Tokyo’s underground. From out of the sewers appears a gibberish-spewing subterranean creature known as "Merde." With his flower eating, cash stealing, school girl licking antics, he wreaks havoc on unsuspecting locals in strange and humorous ways. His mini Godzilla-like shenanigans spark a media frenzy, and soon his attacks escalate to murder. Enter his legal counsel, Maitre Voland, the only man who can speak Merde’s language and represents him in court. Though the interrogation scene lags on a bit too long, the media circus that mounts during the trial is surreal. In a court that is hungry for a resolution, he is tried, convicted and sentenced to hang, with an unexpected turn.

TOKYO! concludes with Bong’s romantic Shaking Tokyo. Once a drone-like Japanese office-worker, Bong’s character has retreated indoors. Over a decade, the hikikimoro, a recluse shut-in, has not left his meticulously organized house. As long as he has a telephone, there is no need. But one day, after his usual Saturday pizza delivery, a strange series of events occur. An earthquake strikes and we find our hikikimori in love with the pizza delivery girl. Taking a bold leap into the unknown, our hero crosses the threshold and takes to the streets in search of his paramour. In a strange vertigo-esque setting, our two characters find each other in, what is, a very strange love story.

Tokyo is a city in constant evolution. It has managed to maintain a balance between tradition and evolution but only in extremes. These three directors have managed to capture its essence, creating a rhapsody tinged with humor and absurdity that is…TOKYO!