Close Up

6 January 2019: Tokyo-Ga


Wim Wenders, 1985, 92 min

“Wim Wenders travels to Tokyo to pay homage to Ozu, whose films he considers “sacred treasures.” His impressions of the country formed entirely by the cinema, Wenders interviews Ozu's collaborators while the symbols of the new Japan – all-night pachinko parlors, golf ranges atop downtown skyscrapers, rockabilly teenagers – conspire to shatter his illusions. The diary film features encounters with Ozu actor Chishu Ryu and cameraman Yuharu Atsuta. Chris Marker appears in a single playful shot, briefly glimpsed behind a newspaper.” – Film Society of Lincoln Center

Part of our season on Yasujirō Ozu