This was a project for my Film Noir class on "Tokyo as a Noir city". Except for the first few pictures of trains at the beginning (from Nakano), everything was shot in Kichijoji by myself and Minori Kanai.
Tokyo is a very noir city and Kichijoji, just outside of Tokyo proper, is a great example of noir. From the glitzy buildings to the steel shuttered alleys, the variety of scenery combined with the grittiness that happens in a well established city neighborhood.
When creating this, I thought about what makes a noir movie look the way it was. Cast shadows, contrasts, general city grime, clutter, reflections, and lights were the focus on this visual piece on noir. I used video and still photography in order to create the style and feeling of noir.
The focus is on the varied night scenery of Kichijoji. It finishes up with a walk through the famed Harmonica Yokocho, a collection of narrow alleys that are a host to shops, bars, and restaurants. Had I been down there during the day, the scene would have been totally different.
I was not trying to create a noir film, but to capture the essence of noir, as if I was scouting for locations. I hope you enjoy it.
This project was made by Keith McCreary for spring 2009 film noir class with professor Ron Carr. All video was shot and edited by Keith McCreary with still photos by Keith McCreary and Minori Kanai.