Yoyogi is a place of freedom and going beyond everything human. Like the first flight to the sky.
This film combines two strange and seemingly overlapping peculiarities. On the one hand, there is a distant, almost scientific in its dryness, observation of ordinary scenes of people’s life in the park, on the other hand, a feeling of some kind of magic and the impossibility of what is happening.
The film is set in the Yoyogi park in Japan, which was once an airplane ground from where the first Japanese pilot took off.
The gaze in this film is more significant and more important than the object of observation. More precisely, optics, both literally and figuratively, changes the object, turns it inside out. It is impossible to describe this film as “a film about one of the oldest parks in the heart of Tokyo”, or as “a film about the park where the first flight took place”, or simply “a film about a park.” We don’t really know anything about this park. This film does not inform us about the park’s history or teach us anything. Rather, it gives the opportunity to dwell for some time in a meditative, focused, detached and at the same time adoring observation of how the human body and spirit can manifest in front of an attentive gaze. And the park is a space that allows the exposure of a human being, a platform from which a human being can soar over his/her everyday existence.
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