Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA/West Germany, 1985. Chris Sievernich Filmproduktion, Gray City, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Wim Wenders Productions, Wim Wenders Stiftung. Screenplay by Wim Wenders. Cinematography by Edward Lachman. Produced by Chris Sievernich, Wim Wenders. Music by Laurent Petitgand. Film Editing by Solveig Dommartin, Jon Neuburger, Wim Wenders.
Inspired by the magnificent works of Yasujiro Ozu, director Wim Wenders travels to Japan where he hopes to find the fabric of Ozu’s finest films. Instead, he stumbles upon a culture that is much more anxious to move ahead into the modern world than remain in some starry-eyed past, however romantic it might be. This interesting trip-tych doesn’t have too much to offer Ozu’s most ardent fans except for one very memorable sequence where Wenders interviews the great actor Chishû Ryû, star of most of Ozu’s most famous masterpieces. Otherwise its greatest interest lies in its very curious capturing of mid-80s Tokyo in all of its glory.