Tokyo 2020; Introduction to Tokyo (12)

In 2020 2021, Tokyo will host the XXXII Olympic Summer Games. The city also hosted the 1964 Olympics. Over the next years we’ll explore this fascinating and hectic metropolis in a serie of blog posts. Topics include: urban sprawl, architecture and infrastucture.


Trailer: Tokyo Ride (film by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine)


A day with Ryūe Nishizawa and his Giulia.
After the multi awarded « Moriyama San », « Tokyo Ride » is a new step of Bêka & Lemoine’s immersion within Tokyo’s busy daily life. Revisiting the genre of the road movie in a very diaristic and personal way, the film takes us on board of Ryue Nishizawa’s vintage Alfa Romeo (Giulia) for a day long wandering in the streets of Tokyo.
More than a portrait, in the classical sense, of one of the most talented and celebrated Japanese architect of today, the film renders in its pure spontaneity the experience of this friendly urban drift.
Ryue Nishizawa narrates along the way his strong relationship with his home town through some sites he personally affectionates, buildings that have influenced him, and some of his own architecture projects.
The film questions how rooted architecture practice is and how much the built and cultural environment feeds and shapes our imagination.

*** Artistic Vision Award, Dept of Field Best Prize – DOCAVIV Film Festival, 2020 ***

Black and white, 90 min.