Friday, May 22, 2009

Map of the Sounds of Tokyo

Showing at Cannes tomorrow: The Map of the Sounds of Tokyo, directed by Isabel Coixet

Isabel Coixet is a Spanish director whose best-known films in the US are My Life Without Me (starring Sarah Polley, a director in her own right) and Elegy (starring Ben Kingsley). The Map of the Sounds of Tokyo debuts at Cannes tomorrow, so here is a synopsis from the film's website:

Ryu is a solitary girl whose fragile appearance is in stark contrast with the double life she leads, working nights at a Tokyo fishmarket and sporadically taking on jobs as a hit-woman.

Mr Nagara is a powerful impresario mourning the loss of his daughter Midori, who has committed suicide. He blames David, a Spaniard who runs a wine business in Tokyo.

Mr Nagara's employee, Ishida, was silently in love with Midori and hires Ryu to murder David.

A sound engineer, obsessed with the sounds of the Japanese city and fascinated with Ryu, witnesses this love story which searches the shadows of the human soul, reaching deep into places where only silence has the power of eloquence.

Here's the trailer (definitely not safe for work):

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