Tokyo Stories: Japan in the Global Imagination

Film Series

November 8—December 7, 2019

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, this film series considers the ways Japan—and the elusive concept of “Japaneseness”—has been 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.

"This retrospective looks at how Tokyo has been filmed by outsiders — a rich tradition. "
— 8 Film Series to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend, The New York Times

Tokyo Stories: Japan in the Global Imagination 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, on view through Jan. 26.


$14/$11 seniors, students & persons with disabilities/$10 members
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Japan Society Film's Programs are generously supported by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund and Gaia Holistic Health Foundation/Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura-Hillyer.

Gaia Holistic Health Foundation

Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, Masu Hiroshi Masuyama, Geoff and Fumi Matters, Laurel Gonsalves, David Toberisky, Akiko Koide and Shohei Koide, Dr. Tatsuji Namba, George Gallagher, David S. Howe, and Hiroshi Tsuyuki and Yasuko Tsuyuki.

Tokyo Stories: Japan in the Global Imagination, part of the institution-wide Passing the Torch Series, is supported in part by an award from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission.

Special Thanks: Edda Manriquez (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences); George Watson (British Film Institute); Brian Fox (Criterion Pictures, USA); Richelle DeLora; Anisha Kasozi, Chloe Tai (Film Constellation); Max Einhorn (FilmRise); Bob Gruen; John Gruenberg (IFC Films); Brian Belovarac (Janus Films); Fran Rubel Kuzui (Kuzui Enterprises, Inc.); Dave Franklin (Rialto Pictures); Nathan Faustyn, Marcus Hu (Strand Releasing); Jason Jackowski (Universal Pictures); Esther Devos, Adriana Rabe, Eléonore Riedin (Wild Bunch).

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