Skip to main content

TOKYO GA

West Germany / USA, 1985 (MIFF 1985)

Director: Wim Wenders

1982 inaugurated a series of events in Rome, organised by a group of die hard cinephiles who clubbed together in a co-operative called Mission Impossible. Their aim was to ask a variety of filmmakers to select extracts or films by directors they admired, or had learnt something from, and to talk about their conception of cinema by means of other people's work. The series was called "Stolen Cinema" and became a huge success with 3,000 to 4,000 people turning up for what effectively turned into two months of workshops and serious discussions on the nature of the cinema. Wenders set the tone by showing Tokyo Story in place of the advertised State of Things, which had won the Golden Lion in Venice only two days before. Far from complaining, the huge crowd sat entranced by Ozu's magnificent film and engaged in a formidable exchange with Wenders, who was visibly moved by the success of the operation. Since then he has been working on a documentary about Ozu which has grown to take in attitudes and responses to Japanese culture in general, and what Ozu would make of contemporary Japanese images. Tokyo Ga is the result - subtitled In Search of Ozu.

- Don Ranvaud

See also...

THE MILLION DOLLAR HOTEL

"Wim Wenders' new pic is almost a compendium of the director's lifetime themes and obsessions - American trash culture, a fascination with what's cool on the music scene and a story in which lost ... More »

WRONG MOVEMENT

Young Wilhelm Meister is on the way: from Bonn, past a castle on the Rhine, through a suburb of Frankfurt and on to the great mountain, the Zugspitze. He is escaping from boredom and dullness, and he ... More »

THE STATE OF THINGS

"Portugal, in February 1981." A Young German film director, Fritz, and his team from Hollywood are working on a science fiction film, a remake of Allan Dwan's' 'The Most Dangerous Man". ... For a ... More »

KINGS OF THE ROAD

Two men cross the middle of Germany, from Luneburg to Hof along the East German frontier. Bruno travels in a moving van that he uses to camp in; he is a projectionist and repairs movie equipment ... More »

ALICE IN THE CITIES

German director Wim Wenders was represented at iast year's festival by The Goalkeeper's Fear of the Penalty Kick. His later film, Alice in the Cities, is a chronologically ordered film about an ... More »

THE AMERICAN FRIEND

Wim Wenders' new film is a crime thriller, based on a novel 'Ripley's Game' by Patricia Highsmith, who wrote the book on which Strangers on a Train was based. Once again an innocent man is asked to ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director