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Tokyo-Ga -- Moved by the work of director Yasujiro Ozu, Wim Wenders travels to Japan in search of the Tokyo seen in his films.

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Moved by the work of director Yasujirô Ozu, Wim Wenders travels to Japan in search of the Tokyo seen in Ozu's films. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Chishû Ryû ... Himself

Werner Herzog ... Himself
Yûharu Atsuta ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Marker ... Himself (uncredited)

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Wim Wenders 
 
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Wim Wenders 

Produced by
Chris Sievernich .... producer
Wim Wenders .... producer
 
Original Music by
Laurent Petitgand 
 
Cinematography by
Edward Lachman 
 
Film Editing by
Solveig Dommartin 
Jon Neuburger 
Wim Wenders 
 
Sound Department
Hartmut Eichgrün .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Other crew
Lilyan Sievernich .... production assistant
Ulla Zwicker .... production assistant
 
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Shigehiko Hasumi .... special thanks
 

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Wim Wenders:This game induces a kind of hypnosis. Winning is hardly important. But, time passes, you lose touch with yourself for a while, you merge with the machine, and perhaps, you forget, what you always wanted to forget.See more »
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References Sans Soleil (1983)See more »

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6 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
hit-and-miss video travelogue, 1 June 2008
Author: CountZero313 from Japan

Wim Wenders attempts to turn his first trip to Japan into a homage to Ozu and an exploration of Japanese modernity, contrasted with the images of a bygone era glimpsed in Tokyo Monogatari.

This is a deeply personal film, an unabashed pilgrimage by Wenders in search of his muse. His rambling narration, impenetrable at times, offers little insight on Japan. What first-time visitor can encapsulate a city as complex as Tokyo? The film works better on the subject of Ozu, the interviews with actor Chishu Ryu and cinematographer Yuuharu Atsuta offering glimpses of Ozu the man behind the icon. They also reveal the affecting power of cinema, both men clearly humbled and moved by the experience of collaborating with Ozu. The bottom line, however, is that this is a film about Wim Wenders, about his nascent stage as a filmmaker and how that came to fruition in the way it did. Fans of Wenders, rather than Ozu or Japanophiles, are the audience for this film.

Technically the film offers up a few gifts, the prime example being a glimpse of the craftsmanship that goes into the making of the ubiquitous wax food in restaurant display windows. Unlike the weekend rockabilly dancers, crowded commuter trains, or oppressive concrete and steel structures, this sequence brings something both long-term residents and those ignorant of Japan will find fresh and illuminating. Unfortunately, elsewhere the film is interspersed with interminable footage of being in a taxi, being in a train, men hitting golf balls... all protracted shots for no other reason than to add a touch of Ozu to the film. A funky, slightly disturbing score helps make these sequences bearable.

Tokyo-Ga is recommended for Wenders fans, and perhaps as nostalgia for anyone who spent a brief time in Japan in the mid-Eighties.

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