Tokyo Dreams by Nicholas Barker
In may 2013, British director Nicholas Barker, known for his commercial video, introduced Tokyo Dreams, an experimental ten minutes video about sleeping commuters on the Tokyo subway. With its highly formal ‘photographic’ film style and extremely high production values, Tokyo Dreams starts from a very candid filmmaking. Intrigued by the possibility to create a series of sleeping portraits, Nicholas Barker chose to film commuters with a Canon 5D Mark 2 with a three months production time.
The Japanese are known for working long hours and Nicholas Barker chose to show another aspect of their lives. In spite of the Labor Laws, it is not unusual for employees to work 60 hours a week. Director Nicholas Barker contemplates vulnerability, exposure and peacefulness of these dreamy passengers and asks himself whether they will wake in time for their stop.
The video has won the Sunset Film Festival, Los Angeles, the Best Shorts Competition of La Jolla and the IFFSRV, Jakarta, in 2013.
Nicholas Barker website: nicholasbarker.com
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