Tokyo Waka: A City Poem (2013)
Critic Reviews for Tokyo Waka: A City Poem
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.
This lyrical meditation on crows in the Japanese capital offers a rewarding wide for viewers who can go with the flow.
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.
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.
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 ...
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