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Moonlight in Tokyo
Moonlight in Tokyo
Actors: Leon Lai, Chapman To, Michelle Ye, Kuei-Mei Yang, Roy Cheung
Directors: Alan Mak, Felix Chong
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
UR     2006     1hr 35min

Studio: Tai Seng Entertainment Release Date: 05/30/2006 Run time: 94 minutes


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Actors: Leon Lai, Chapman To, Michelle Ye, Kuei-Mei Yang, Roy Cheung
Directors: Alan Mak, Felix Chong
Creators: Alan Mak, Felix Chong, Wai Chiu Chung, Wai-keung Lau
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Studio: Tai Seng
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/30/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 35min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Import
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Cantonese
Subtitles: English

Movie Reviews

Funny, moving, filled with twists
Simon | Brampton, ON | 06/12/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Moonlight in Tokyo is a very odd film. A man in debt to Japanese gangsters comes across an old childhood classmate of his, a retarded-yet-earnest and good-looking fellow searching for his brother. When the man discovers his friend has a certain way of hugging people that puts them completely at ease, he transforms him into a gigolo in an effort to earn the money back.

There are bound to be comparisons to Deuce Bigalow, and perhaps films that feature mentally retarded characters in dramatic, narrative turns. This film mixes elements of both. It jumps between moments of laugh-out-loud comedy, Asian cinema slapstick, tearjerker moments, character development, and a roller coaster of plot twists and unexpected developments. For western audiences it might come off as very uneven, but Asian cinema has a way of confidently straddling multiple genres and tones, often abruptly switching from scene to scene. The buddy bonding scenes are also very touching, in that close-knit way that the culturally ignorant might equate with homosexuality (lots of hugs between guys, a bizzare swan dance sequence).

Chemistry between the leads is good, everyone else is pretty much along for the ride with some exaggerated acting here and there. Definitely recommended as a rental, and dont be surprised to find yourself tearing up at the end of this comedy-drama about gigolos."