Shunji Ohkura Tokyo X

ISBN 13: 9784770027382

Tokyo X

4.78 avg rating
( 9 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9784770027382: Tokyo X
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Tokyo--exciting, flamboyant -- is much, much more than that. It is nothing less than a monstrous hellhole inhabited by the most alienated people on the face of the earth. It is this city of eviscerated, hollow men and women that has been so unforgettably captured in the powerful photography of Tokyo X. Here, Tokyo, which the afterword declares to be the handiwork of "a demon-like ruler whose power is so vast that it envelopes the entire planet and transcends all human understanding and religion," is seen as the unfortunate future brought into an unprepared present.

This is the world that Tarkovsky borrowed for the alien capital in "Solaris" and the location of Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner." It is the scene for Katsuhiro Otomo's "Akira." It is what perhaps awaits all mankind. This is the conclusion, after reading Tokyo X, that one is forced to draw.

Shunji Ohkura, famous for his photography of Kabuki, fashion, and insects, was so moved by the plight of Tokyo in the 1990s that he forced himself to record the carnage in the 251 scenes revealed in this book. The photos, seemingly randomly arranged, in fact constitute a linked series of visual poems that resonate and reverberate throughout the mind until the dark shroud covering the city of Tokyo seems to cloud the whole of one's vision. Tokyo X must be seen to be believed.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

A resident of Tokyo, photographer Shunji Ohkura specializes in fashion, cooking, insects, ikebana, drama (Kabuki Today), and theater posters. He received the Kodansha Publications Cultural Award in 1971 and the Annual Award of the Photographic Society in 1987.

Review:

"... a wake-up call for everyone in Japan: Where is this society going?" -- Paul Murray, Daily Yomiuri

"Tokyo ... is seen in literal black and white, posed at the cusp of the apocalypse." -- Donald Richie, The Japan Times

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Ohkura, Shunji
Published by Kodansha USA Inc
ISBN 10: 4770027389 ISBN 13: 9784770027382
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Kodansha USA Inc. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 4770027389 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW99.1892585

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Shunji Ohkura
Published by Kodansha USA Inc (2002)
ISBN 10: 4770027389 ISBN 13: 9784770027382
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Kodansha USA Inc, 2002. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M4770027389

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 101.25
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds