Film · Tokyo Stories: Japan in the Global Imagination
Saturday, November 9, 7 PM
Following the Tuscany-set Certified Copy (2010), Abbas Kiarostami continued to work outside of his home country of Iran with this Japanese-French co-production largely set in Tokyo. Sociology student Kyoko (Rin Takanashi) moonlights as a high-end escort without the knowledge of her highly volatile and jealous boyfriend (Ryo Kase). When she is assigned to an elderly professor (Tadashi Okuno), who seems more interested in polite conversation than carnal pleasures, the pair find themselves in an ambiguous relationship that extends beyond the initial call of service. Shot by Takeshi Kitano’s regular cinematographer Katsumi Yanagijima, this masterfully directed arthouse drama finds the Iranian auteur continuing his exploration of the complex tension between simulation and reality with richly layered images of Tokyo as seen through windows and within reflections.
2012, Japan/France, 105 min., DCP, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Abbas Kiarostami. With Rin Takanashi, Tadashi Okuno, Ryo Kase, Denden.
“[Kiarostami’s] immediate and instant fusion of philosophical thought, intimate detail, and the very act of cinematic vision makes this film one of his very greatest.”—The New Yorker
Tickets: $14/$11 seniors, students & persons with disabilities/$10 members
- November 9, 2019
- 7:00 pm