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Based on Tokyo: Art and Photography from the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Cinema release from
23th May 2023


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Filmed and directed by David Bickerstaff
Produced by Phil Grabsky

HD video | 16:9 | 90 min

Tokyo Stories is a vibrant and fresh look at one of the world's greatest cities as seen through the eyes of a series of unique and talented artists that span Tokyo's 400 years of existence. From early Samurai objects to the photography of contemporary artists like Moriyama Daido and Ninagawa Mika, this film takes you on a colourful and engaging journey through Tokyo's creative soul. Based on a major exhibition at the Ashmolean in Oxford, 'Tokyo Stories' looks at a diverse range of work ranging from the delicate woodblock prints of Hokusai and Hiroshige, to Pop Art posters, contemporary photography, Manga, film, and brand-new artworks that were performed on the streets. The exhibition was a smash-hit, five-star success and brought a younger and more diverse audience to the museum. The film uses the exhibition as a launchpad to travel to Tokyo itself, and explore the art and artists of the city more fully.

A beautifully illustrated and richly detailed film, looking at a city which has undergone constant destruction and renewal over its long history, resulting in one of the most vibrant and interesting cities on the planet.

ChimPom from Smappa!Group - Artist Collective
Ellie - ChimPom from Smappa!Group
Lena Fritsch -Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
Michael Hoppen - Michael Hoppen Gallery
Enrico Isamu Oyama - Artist
Mohri Yuko - Artist
Moriyama Daido - Photographer
Ninagawa Mika - Artist
Nishino Sohei - Artist
Clare Pollard - Curator of Japanese Art, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
Alexander Sturgis - Director, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
Tanaami Keiichi - Artist
Ushiro Ryuta - ChimPom from Smappa!Group

Music by Asa Bennett
Written by David Bickerstaff and Phil Grabsky

David Bickerstaff

David Bickerstaff
Hugh Hood

Storm postproduction

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