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Chishu Ryu, Chris Marker, Werner Herzog,

A fascination with the films of Yasujiro Ozu leads Wenders to Japan in this poetic documentary on the beauty—and peril—of understanding another culture through film. Adrift but never lost in Tokyo, Wenders meets youth as enraptured with American culture as he once was, tours a factory that makes plastic food displays, and ponders other curios of modern Japan. More importantly, he visits the great actor Chishu Ryu (the father figure in many Ozu films, including Late Spring), and interviews Ozu’s cinematographer, Yuhara Atsuta. Chris Marker and Werner Herzog also appear in this moving, essayistic work on cinema, Japan, and, above all, Ozu.

Jason Sanders
  • Wim Wenders
  • Edward Lachman
  • English
  • Japanese
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 92 mins
  • Janus Films/Criterion Collection

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Yasujiro Ozu: a centennial celebration (program note), New York Film Festival, 2003

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