Sion Sono brings the battle rap musical to life in first ‘Tokyo Tribe’ trailer

Go ahead and categorize this under “what did I just watch?”

The first trailer for the “battle rap musical” Tokyo Tribe by director Sion Sono dropped on Thursday and put the crazy action on display.

The official synopsis is as follows:

In a futuristic Japan, territorial street gangs form opposing factions collectively known as the Tokyo Tribes. When one of the gang leaders breaks the fragile peace, it triggers a brutal street war for supremacy. Based on a popular Manga series and told almost entirely in rap verse, TOKYO TRIBE is an ingenious mash-up of Yakuza gang violence, martial arts action and hip-hop musical.

At the London Film Festival, our reviewer called Tokyo Tribe “the most narcotic tumble through the Japanese urban jungle since Enter the Void, an experience akin to a ecstasy-induced Sunday morning stumbling around the preening playground of Harajuku” and said it is “essential viewing for any fans of oriental excess.”

Our own Anna-Myriam Abdelhak added that it is “playful, hyper-active and unafraid to experiment and use stereotypes and classical references of Japanese cinema and amines, and overall constitutes a unique experience.”

Tokyo Tribe opens in theaters on October 23.

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