Tokyo-Ga

West Germany/USA 1985. Dir: Wim Wenders. 92 min. DCP

NEW RESTORATION! ► Inspired by the cinema of Yasujiro Ozu, Wim Wenders travelled to Tokyo in 1983 to find out if, two decades after the Japanese master’s death, traces still remained of the world so richly rendered in sublime films such as Late Spring and Tokyo Story. Wenders’s eye for striking and unusual images finds ample material in the pachinko parlours, golf stadiums, rockabilly teenagers, and plastic sushi models of contemporary Tokyo. Fellow filmmakers Werner Herzog and Chris Marker make brief appearances, but highlighting things are visits with Chishū Ryū, Ozu’s favourite leading man, and Yūharu Atsuta, Ozu’s longtime cinematographer, both of whom offer poignant and revealing accounts of Ozu’s methods. Wenders’s own cinematographer for this eloquent, enjoyable essay film/travelogue was the talented American Ed Lachman, recently a Todd Haynes mainstay. “For many, this is Wenders’s most underrated film” (Harvard Film Archive).

Program note: Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story will screen on the same evening as Tokyo-Ga on December 22 & 23.

 

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