World Film Locations: Tokyo By Chris Magee
“World Film Locations: Tokyo” gives readers a kaleidoscopic view of one of the world’s most complex and exciting cities through the lens of world cinema. 50 scenes from classic and contemporary films explore how motion pictures have shaped the role of Tokyo in our collective consciousness, as well as how these cinematic moments reveal aspects of the life and culture of a city that are often hidden from view. Complimenting these scenes from such varied films as “Tokyo Story”, “You Only Live Twice”, “Godzilla” and “Enter the Void” are six spotlight essays that take us from the wooden streets of pre-19th century Edo to the sprawling ‘what-if’ megalopolis of science fiction anime. Illustrated throughout with dynamic screen captures “World Film Locations: Tokyo” is at once a guided tour of Japan’s capital conducted by the likes of Akira Kurosawa, Samuel Fuller, Chris Marker and Sofia Coppola while also being an indispensible record of how Tokyo has fired both the imaginations of individuals working behind the camera and those of us sitting transfixed in movie theatres.
Wednesday, September 5th, 2012