The letter grades attached to our reviews are averaged-out assessments of individual parts, and never more so than with anthologies. Short-film compilations are almost always a mix of the great, the failed and the middling.

The letter grades attached to our reviews are averaged-out assessments of individual parts, and never more so than with anthologies. Short-film compilations are almost always a mix of the great, the failed and the middling.

Tokyo! is something of an exception. With different directors come different qualities, but there's not a wasted segment among the three shorts by Michel Gondry, Leos Carax and Bong Joon-ho, each centered on unusual happenings in the title city.

Gondry opens with the most endearing of the three, a slice of dream life in which the average suddenly becomes the surreal and a woman questioning her worth sees the appeal in trying to blend in with the furniture.

With a tale about a shut-in reaching out to the world through his pizza delivery girl, Bong closes the set on a genuinely touching, if ominous, note.

Carax forms a pinnacle of strange at the center with an underground humanoid who rises from the sewers to lick, kill or just freak out the populace. This one's love-or-hate, but its unique intensity is undeniable.

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