Tokyo Tribe: A mixture of Cassavetes, Fassbinder, and arterial spray

Japanese street gangs do battle in Sion Sono's Tokyo Tribe. by Ben Sachs Japanese cult filmmaker Sion Sono (Suicide Club, Love Exposure) once cited as his primary influences John Cassavetes, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and 80s splatter movies, and many of his films play like a fusion of those three elements. Like Cassavetes, Sono elicits bold, expressive performances from his actors to depict characters at emotional extremes; he also favors jittery,...

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