Parks are the lifeline of busy and crowded metropolitan Tokyo, and the large Yoyogi Park is arguably, along with Ueno Park, the most famous of them. The film Yoyogi lets you observe the multifaceted life of this park that is sometimes known as Tokyo’s Central Park.
To the many homeless of Tokyo, the park offers an opportunity to pitch a tent or spread out a sleeping bag, while to others it is a romantic date destination. In the variety of activities taking place in the cover of trees, we can see influences from all over Japan as well as the wider world. Some scenes will confound you with their absurdity.
Yoyogi is a product of Japanese and Estonian cooperation. Its lingering snapshots and scenery offer a glimpse to a rarely seen part of Tokyo that is bound to arouse the viewer’s curiosity. Hypnotic pictures will capture the viewer’s attention while leaving ample space for reflection. Music is used sparingly as a device, and some music will be heard in the performances of the numerous amateur dancing groups in the park.
With Yoyogi, director Max Golomidov won the award for best director at the Riga International Documentary Film Festival in the Baltic Focus selection, and the film has also been nominated for other awards at several festivals.
Matti Ylönen (translated by Herman Tikkanen)
Producer Volia Chajkouskaya attends the screening of the film on Saturday, Feb 3.