Tokyo Stories: Japan in the Global Imagination

November 27, 2019 | Katelin Levy

Image courtesy of Japan Society.

From the bustle of neon-lit Shinjuku and its ultramodern skyscrapers to the traditional scenery of Mt. Fuji, cherry blossoms, and Shinto shrines, Tokyo has served as a source of creative inspiration for generations of international filmmakers. Anticipating the 2020 Summer Games, when the eyes of the world will once again fall upon Japan’s dynamic capital, the movie series Tokyo Stories: Japan in the Global Imagination considers the ways Japan is rendered and interpreted outside its borders with a revealing selection of Tokyo-set films by foreign directors, including Japanese co-productions, Hollywood blockbusters, and European arthouse favorites.

Tokyo Stories: Japan in the Global Imagination will be closing on December 7, with screenings of the movies Tokyo!, House of Bamboo, and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.

This movie series is part of Japan Society’s year-long, institution-wide Passing the Torch series and is organized in conjunction with the exhibition Made in Tokyo: Architecture and Living, 1964/2020, which is on view through January 26, 2020.

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