Tokyo Waka: A City Poem

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The Japanese have a special affinity for birds (viz. the recent show at the Metropolitan Museum, Birds in the Art of Japan), one that reveals itself in this poetic documentary on the thousands of crows that live in Tokyo, omnivores who feast on bread, mayonnaise, noodles and anything else they can scavenge. TOKYO WAKA, a witty, brilliantly photographed paean to the crow, delights in their smart, stealthy, aggressive wiles.


Critic Reviews for Tokyo Waka: A City Poem

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After a while it is impossible not to admire the birds' intelligence and resilience, and see that perhaps it's the other way around: The crows are the ones putting up with us.

Aug 30, 2013 | Rating: 3/4

This lyrical meditation on crows in the Japanese capital offers a rewarding wide for viewers who can go with the flow.

Aug 29, 2013 | Full Review…
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The film is a short, nimble consideration of the collision between the wildness of nature and the orderly bustle of modern urban life. It is also an essay on ornithology, Japanese culture and the challenges of pest control.

Aug 28, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5

Much of the movie's charm comes from showing aspects of the city that Western visitors usually miss or from viewing oft-photographed sites from unexpected angles.

Aug 28, 2013 | Full Review…
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While the frequent recourse to talking heads burdens the doc with a choppy cadence, directors John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson manage to offer moments of great humor ...

Aug 27, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

An edifying whole, a film of beauty and revelation ...

Aug 27, 2013 | Full Review…

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