I am looking for films which depict these cities (areas) after the year 2000. The films do not have to necessarily be about the city in question but big parts of the film should have been shot there. I am in particular looking for films which have been created by visual artists not just film makers, but that isn’t a prerequisite.
Overall I am looking for an artistic/cinematic exploration of these cities in the 21st and how their inhabitants interact with the space, and whether the interaction with space has changed hugely with the mass societal changes which have occurred in Asia in recent history in terms of industrialisation etc.
So if anyone knows of any Film makers, films, artist, articles etc which may be of help I would be very grateful.
Jia Zhangke is one of the first people that popped into my mind.
Well Jamie I am currently finishing up a short film I shot in Dubai so I’ll try to remember to post it here for you once it’s online. Meanwhile, there is the movie City of Life that came out of the Emirates that you may enjoy, if you’re already tired of watching Mission: Impossible movies.
That would be great Polaris thank you. Cheers Tommy, I have seen ‘The World’ by Zhangke, and I am going to watch 24 City tonight.
Love The World, but have yet to see 24 City. Unknown Pleasures and Platform are pretty great too
And the Spring Comes (Changwei Gu, 2007)
(one of my favorite recent Chinese films, a disenchanting and realistic work about shattered dreams in Beijing)
others include (aside Jia’s films mentioned above):
I Love Beijing (Ying Ning, 2000)
Spring Subway (Yibai Zhang, 2002)
Chen Mo and Meiting (Hao Lui, 2002)
I Love You (Yuan Zhang, 2003)
Pirated Copy (Jianjun He, 2004)
Lost in Beijing (Yu Li, 2007)
In Love We Trust (Xiaoshuai Wang, 2007)
Petition (Zhao Liang, 2009)
Tokyo.Sora (Hiroshi Ishikawa, 2002)
(a meditative portrait of alienation in modern-day Tokyo that partly reminds of Tsai and a must-see in this regard)
Tokyo Trash Baby (Ryuichi Hiroki, 2000)
Tokyo Marigold (Jun Ichikawa, 2001)
Bright Future (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2003)
Café Lumière (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2003)
Nobody Knows (Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2004)
Strawberry Shortcakes (Hitoshi Yazaki, 2006)
Adrift in Tokyo (Satoshi Miki, 2007)
Tokyo Sonata (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2008)
Buy a Suit (Jun Ichikawa, 2008)
Tokyo Rendering Shishu (Jun Ichikawa, 2008)
Parade (Isao Yukisada, 2009)
(Jun ichikawa who appears three times on the list can probably be regarded as the most significant cinematic chronicler of Tokyo in the late 20th and early 21st century, in that sense as well as in terms of style he was likely Ozu’s most authentic successor)
Thanks Apusansar, I will look in my university Library for some of those!
Tokyo : Young Yakuza
Thank you Balistik