by Olivier Peyon
2021 | 101 min
AVAILABLE ONLY IN ONTARIO
Viewing available until November 7
Drama | France | French (English subtitles)
Cast: Karin Viard, Stéphane Bak, Yumi Narita, Philippe Uchan, Jean-Farnçois Cayrey, Émile Gavois-Kahn, Charlie Dupont, Nola Blossom, Simon Ayache
March 11, 2011. The biggest tsunami Japan has ever experienced triggers the Fukushima disaster. Risks are being downplayed but the foreign community in Tokyo is terrified by this tragic event and the fact that no one is capable of assessing its scope. Among them, Alexandra, a French executive newly arrived from Hong Kong to work in a bank, has to face this nuclear crisis. Torn apart between following the company’s instructions and going back to her husband and children who are still in Hong Kong, she will find herself defending honour and given word, despite the pervading terror and chaos.
Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris (2021)
Haifa International Film Festival (Israel, 2021)
The Norwegian International Film Festival (Haugesund, 2021)
By mixing what could be the starting point of a disaster film (the tsunami that triggered the Fukushima disaster) and corporate social film, Tokyo Shaking stands out for its rather original subject in the French cinema landscape.
The result is interesting in more than one way because it manages to maintain suspense, and a certain lightness despite the seriousness of the facts from which the film is inspired. (…)
An excellent cast led by an impeccable Karin Viard.
An endearing film – a drama with lighter moments – carried by the energy of Karin Viard.
— Télé 7 Jours (translated from French)
Karin Viard is firing on all cylinders, caught between her dilemmas, her honour and ultimately her humanity.
— La Voix du Nord (translated from French)