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Tokyo-Ga

IT CAME OUT OF NOWHERE. WE HAD NO IDEA THIS BOOK EXISTED. IT IS AS IF HISTORY ITSELF WAS READING THESE SUPERBOOK EMAILS AND JUST DECIDED TO MAKE ANOTHER ONE. IT ARRIVED. IT HAS COME TO EXIST. 


We made it all the way to 2016 without knowing this 1986 book existed. Like how did that happen! Almost impossibly rare - well, yes - but that is what we do. We just plain didn't know. Now we plain do. 
 

In 1983 Wenders travelled to Japan to experience for himself what remained of the world of cinema master Yasujiro Ozu. The book is a film journal. The left hand pages present the text in French, English and German. The right hand pages present a series of postcards. Photographs and stills by Wenders printed in colour and mounted on the page with corners pushed under slits in the page. 
 

Pretty much perfect. The picture postcard taken out and turned over. There are ten of these loose colour illustrations. These are postcards to home. Wenders recognises his own family in the characters and relationships of Ozu's films. 
 

Wonderful. Stills from the documentary. Wenders plans a trip to the new Disneyland Park but can't face the American consumerism first hand. Instead he returns to the city and meets the Harajuku kids obsessed with rock and roll. Americana second-hand.
 

Light and colour. To see Tokyo through Wim Wenders' eyes is as good as it gets. See more of the book on this link. Warning: We only have two copies. You could die of wanting!
 

Ozu. His camera, scripts, stop watch and modest memorial. On his grave no words just an old Chinese character MU, which means; emptiness, nothingness. What there is in his films and in this book is an acutely observed life. 
 

Superwoman. Superbook. The book is not nothing. It is the best thing we can remember finding. It is magic from one cover to the other. Pure and unrefined. Be quick and buy on the button below. Make it yours.
 
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