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SYNOPSIS 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.
News 24-5-09: “Prix Vulcain Technical Award” - Cannes Film Festival 2009.
15-9-09: Map of the sounds of Tokyo is one of the three finalists for the Spanish Film Academy's pick to be the country's Oscar candidate in Hollywood for the category of Best Foreign Language Film. The film is also candidate for the Ariel prizes awarded by the Mexican Film Academy
7-10-09: ¡More than 300.000 people have seen Map of the sounds of Tokyo!
Role: Ryu
  • Shanghai (2008) (in post-production)
  • Side Ways (2008)
  • Rebellion: The Killing Isle -Assault Girl 2 - (2008)
  • The Brothers Bloom (2008)
  • Sky Crawlers (2008) (voice)
  • Genius Party -Baby Blue-(2007) (voice)
  • The Bug That’s Not in the Guide aka Zukan ni nottenai mushiZukan ni nottenau mushi (2007)
  • Babel (2006)
  • Funky Forest aka Nicenomori The First Contact (2006)
  • Web: http://www.anore.co.jp/rinko/english.php
Role: David
  • La Régate (2009) (in post-production)
  • Les derniers jours du monde (2009) (in postproduction)
  • Partir (2009) (in post-production)
  • Petit Indi (2008)
  • Ricky (2009)
  • Parc (2008)
  • La Maison (2007)
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
  • Peindre ou faire l´amour (2005)
  • Byways (2004)
  • Janis and John (2003)
  • Dirty Pretty things (2003)
  • Women or children first (2002)
  • Mine Along (2001)
  • Harry is here to help (2000)
  • Une liaison pornographique (1999)
  • Western (1997)
  • ...a la champagne (1995)
  • La petite amie d´Antonio (1992)
Role: Narrator
  • Heaven´s Door (2008)
  • Umihiko Yamahiko Maihiko (2007)
  • Tekkon kinkurito (2006)
  • Metro ni Notte (2006)
  • La Maison de Himiko (2005)
  • The Hidden Blade (2004)
  • The Twilight Samurai (2002)(Best Supporting Role & New Comer of the Year, Japan Film Academy Awards)
Role: Yoshi
  • Ichigo no kakera (2005)
  • Chaos Legion (2003)
  • Haru ranman (2002)
  • Love Revolution (2001)
  • Yamato nadeshiko (2000)
  • Hatachi no kekkon (2000)
Role: Nagara
  • Bizan (2007)
  • Desu noto (2006)
  • Cheong yeon (2005)
  • Yougisha muroi shinji (2005)
  • Yokkakan no kiseki (2005)
  • Kita no zeronen (2005)
  • Gojira tai Mosura tai Mekagokira: Tokio S.O.S (2003)
  • Round 1 (2003)
  • Gojira tai Mekagojira (2002)
  • Onsen wakaokami no satsujin suiri (2002)
Role: Ishida
  • Hitmaker: Aku Yu monogatari (2008)
  • Kyuka (2008)
  • Daku rabu: Rape (2008)
  • Sakigake!! Otokojuku (2008)
  • Tana no sumi (2007)
  • Love Death (2006)
  • Shiawaser nara te o tatako (2005)
  • Gokudo mo onna-tachi: Joen (2005)
  • Gojira: Fainaru Oulu (2004)
  • Shinkuronishiti (2004)
  • Gachapon (2004)
Role: Ryu
  • Shanghai (2008) (in post-production)
  • Side Ways (2008)
  • Rebellion: The Killing Isle -Assault Girl 2 - (2008)
  • The Brothers Bloom (2008)
  • Sky Crawlers (2008) (voice)
  • Genius Party -Baby Blue-(2007) (voice)
  • The Bug That’s Not in the Guide aka Zukan ni nottenai mushiZukan ni nottenau mushi (2007)
  • Babel (2006)
  • Funky Forest aka Nicenomori The First Contact (2006)
  • Web: http://www.anore.co.jp/rinko/english.php
  • Written and Directed by: ISABEL COIXET
  • Producer: JAUME ROURES
  • Executive Producer: JAVIER MÉNDEZ
  • Director of Photography: JEAN CLAUDE LARRIEU (A.F.C.)
  • Editor: IRENE BLECUA
  • Production Designer: RYO SUGIMOTO
  • Line Producer: BERNAT ELIAS
  • Unit Production Manager: TEIA ROURES CERVERA
  • First Assistant Director: MANU CALVO MARGALLO
  • Make up: TOMOMI
  • Hair Dressing: AI TOMARU & SAKIE
  • Line Producer Japan: GEORGINA POPE
  • Unit Producer Manager Japan: MISAKO FURUKAWA
Isabel Coixet Spanish film director Isabel Coixet began making films with the 8mm camera she was given for her first communion. After graduating from the University of Barcelona in 18th and 19th century History, she worked in advertising where her successful commercial spots won many awards and led to founding her own production company, Miss Wasabi Films.
In 1988, Coixet made her full-length film debut as scriptwriter and director of Demasiado Viejo para Morir Joven [Too Old to Die Young], nominated for the Goya award for Best New Director. Coixet shot her first English-language feature film in 1996: Cosas que Nunca te Dije [Things I Never Told You]. This emotional drama, with a cast of American actors starring Lili Taylor and Andrew McCarthy, won Coixet her second Goya nomination for Best Original Script. She then entered a partnership with a French producer and, in 1988, returned to filming with a Spanish script with the historical adventure A los que Aman [To Those who Love].
International acclaim came in 2003 with the intimate drama Mi Vida sin Mí [My Life without Me], a film based on the short story by Nancy Kincaid. Sarah Polley plays Ann, a young mother who decides not to tell her family that she is suffering from terminal cancer. This Spanish-Canadian production, that received support from filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar´s production company El Deseo, was a great success at the Berlin International Film Festival. And this film received the Best Adapted Script Goya Award.
Coixet continued to work with Polley in a new film, La Vida Secreta de las Palabras [The Secret Life of Words] premiered in 2005 with Tim Robbins and Javier Cámara in the leading roles. This film received four Goya awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Production and Best Script.
In 2005, Coixet joined 18 other internationally renowned filmmakers, including Gus Van Sant, Walter Salles and Joel and Ethan Coen, for an innovative collective project called Paris, Je T’aime, starring Miranda Richardson and Sergio Castellitto, in which each director explores a different district of Paris. Coixet has also made notable documentaries on important subjects, such as Invisibles, on Doctors without Borders, a Panorama selection at the 2007 Berlin Film Festival, or Viaje al Corazón de la Tortura [Journey to the Heart of Torture], filmed in Sarajevo during the Balkan war, which won a prize at the October 2003 edition of the Human Rights Film Festival.
Her latest film, Elegy, shot in Vancouver and produced by Lakeshore Entertainment, is based on the novel by Philip Roth THE DYING ANIMAL, and the screenplay is by Nicholas Meyer. Starring Penelope Cruz, Sir Ben Kingsley and Dennis Hopper, Elegy was presented at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival.
  • 2008 Elegy.
  • 2007 Invisibles. The segment entitled “Cartas a Nora”
  • 2006 Paris je t’aime. The segment entitled “Le trench rouge”
  • 2005 The Secret Life of Words
  • 2004 ¡Hay motivo! The segment entitled “La insoportable levedad del carrito de la compra”
  • 2003 My Life without Me
  • 1998 A los que aman (To Those who Love)
  • 1996 Cosas que nunca te dije (Things I Never Told You)
  • 1989 Demasiado viejo para morir joven (Too Old to Die Young)
  • 1984 Mira y verás
Films, like tunes or poems, spring from strange encounters, from odd associations that can be completely incongruent but full of magic.
In the case of Map of the Sounds of Tokyo, I "saw” the story (I don't want to sound like some kind of visionary, but this is how I felt it happen) at Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. I suppose the smells of fresh tuna, seaweed and oysters, the shouting of the auctioneers, the scraping and shuffling of thousands of fish boxes dragged across the market floor and the peculiar effects of the fluorescent lighting at four o'clock in the morning had a great deal to do with it. Or perhaps it was the miso soup and eel makis I had for breakfast that did it. Or the stony face of the girl neatly hosing the floor who was so adamant in her refusal to let me photograph her, showing a determination that is unusual for Japan.
However, I remember that on my way back to the hotel on the crowded underground, sleepy after having got up at three in the morning to see the fish being auctioned, that girl was still on my mind and I couldn't help wondering why she was so emphatic in her refusal. I thought of her rubber boots among the melted ice and the blood of the freshly butchered tuna fish. When I closed my eyes and heard the child-like female voice announcing the next stop, Shinjuku, I knew I would tell this story of a woman – a hard, solitary, mysterious, wounded woman – who leads a double life: a fish market worker who cleans, hauls crates and occasionally carries out jobs as a hit-woman. And the story of a man, whose obsession are sounds, and who is silently in love with that woman, even though he knows that the very most he can expect from her is the sound of her breath, the sound of her heels down an empty alley and her conversations during her meetings with a man, of Spanish origin, towards whom she experiences an attraction that endangers the life she has led up until then as a loner.
To this initial idea, my "vision" or whatever you want to call it, I added he story of a man who is unable to cope with the loss of his daughter, and is on a blind search for revenge that eventually leads to a tragic end.
This is how Map of the Sounds of Tokyo was born.
I was also influenced by the fascination I feel for contemporary Japanese culture and the atmosphere I find in the novels of Haruki Murakami and Banana Yoshimoto as well as by my unconcealed addiction to wasabi and the almost tangible vibrations emanating from Tokyo during the night: a mixture of expectation, mystery, darkness and tenderness that leaves an indelible mark.
I see the sound tracks to my films as a further character, like the lighting, the scenery, the movement of the camera or the actors' performance. Map of the Sounds of Tokyo doesn't have a conventional sound track. Instead, I have put together a collection of songs that accompany the characters in their passion, solitude, joyfulness, melancholy or suffering.
It is a thoroughly eclectic sound track, with songs by Misora Hibari (the traditional Japanese song Genka), Max Richter, the Dutch duo "Kraak & Smaak" or the beautiful "One dove" from Antony & the Johnsons' latest release.
Isabel Coixet
  • A note from the director
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  • Production data
  • Production Companies: Mediapro / Versátil Cinema
  • Locations: Tokyo / Barcelona
  • Screen: Format: 1:1,85
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Reels: 6
  • Length: 2984 metres
  • Running Time: 109 minutes
  • Languages: Japanese/ English/ Catalan
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Genre:  Drama
MPAA Rating:  Unrated
Runtime:  106 minutes
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I always get a certain feeling of intrigue when a Foreign director helms a movie with Asian performers shot in an Asian land. Spanish director Isabel Coixet has declared her fascination with Japanese culture and the citizens of this country; she was so taken by this woman who worked in a fish market that she began to develop a story behind her. What results is “Map of the Sounds of Tokyo” (2009) that Coixet helms with a very Japanese cast led by stunning Rinko Kikuchi (Babel) and Spanish …
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