A new trailer has surfaced online for Isabel Coixet’s latest film, Map of the Sounds of Tokyo. Coixet’s last film was the under-appreciated Elegy starring Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz. Her latest has an awkward title, but the trailer is fairly engaging, not in English, and possibly NSFW. Check it out below the official synopsis:
Ryu is a solitary girl whose fragile appearance is in stark contrast with the double life she leads, working nights at a Tokyo fish market 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 emplyee, 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 shadow of the human soul, reaching deep into places where only silence has the power of eloquence.
The synopsis had me until the sound engineer entered the picture. A place “where only silence has the power of eloquence?” I don’t know what the hell that means. But the film stars Rinko Kikuchi (The Brothers Bloom, Babel) as Ryu which is automatically reason enough for me to be interested. It will be premiering in Cannes and releases in Coixet’s native Spain this summer. No word on a domestic release yet. (Thanks to Twitch for the heads up!)
What do you think of the trailer?