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    An illustrated guide to unfamous places: Satoshi Miki’s Adrift in Tokyo (2007)

    Calatayud, Agnes (2019) An illustrated guide to unfamous places: Satoshi Miki’s Adrift in Tokyo (2007). Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies 19 (2), ISSN 1059-440X.

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    In Adrift in Tokyo (2007), Miki Satoshi’s charming and comical cult film, two odd and lost souls—Fukuhara Aiichiro (Miura Tomokazu), a debt collector, and Takemura Fumiya (Odagiri Joe) , a student—wander the backstreets of the Japanese capital, exploring neighbourhoods generally overlooked by cinematographers. The film follows the two partners in crime’s tumultuous relationship and wild adventures as they make their way along a meandering route strewn with chance encounters, local gourmet eateries, picturesque temples, and friendly homes. The Japanese director, drawing skilfully from a rich array of classic and modern filmic, literary, pictorial representations of Tokyo and its inhabitants’ way of life, customs, and beliefs, renews the clichéd vision of the megalopolis conveyed by recent Western films and media. Adrift in Tokyo is a kind of modern Meisho zue (old illustrated guide) with the difference that it directs spectators to little-known areas while awakening their wandering spirit.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Tokyo, Japan, Japanese cinema, Miki Satoshi, Adrift in Tokyo, Japanese popular culture, Japanese literature, Japanese visual culture, Tokyo on screen, Tokyo in manga, Japanese food.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Agnes Calatayud
    Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2019 14:45
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:38


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