Tokyo!

Filmmakers Michel Gondry, Leos Carax and Bong Joon-ho convene to rekindle the strange subgenre of multipart movies about capitals of world culture (see also New York Stories, Paris Je T’aime), or perhaps finally to kill it off. In any case, and acknowledging that far stranger artifacts have come out of Japan, there’s some pretty freaky diplomacy going on here. Consider these three directors’ respective protagonists: a young filmmaker’s girlfriend who finds her purpose as a piece of furniture; a deviant sewer-dwelling lunatic who becomes a media sensation; and a recluse who falls in love, at first sight, with his pizza delivery girl during an earthquake. The last segment is the best and most poetically forceful of the lot — worth waiting for, even if the spotty others seem to suggest otherwise.