Thursday, July 15, 2010

Wim Wenders

Tokyo-Ga (東京画 or "Tokyo pictures") by Wim Wenders (1985) is a love-song to Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu. Twenty years after Ozu's death, Wenders finds himself kicking around Tokyo's streets, finding some fun visual oddments along the way, such as a fake food factory (top still). Wenders narrates the film with both melancholy and appreciation for the "lost" Tokyo of Ozu's films; he often points out Ozu's signature techniques and themes. One "a-ha" moment comes when Wenders demonstrates the difference between his normal camera lens (second still) and Ozu's preferred lens (third still), a 50 mm telephoto. Sensitive interviews with actor Chishû Ryû and cameraman Yuuharu Atsuta show that they share Wenders' devotion to the master.
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