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Notebook on Cities and Clothes (1989)

Yohji Yamamoto  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Yohji Yamamoto
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: January 7, 2003
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006LPC7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,182 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Notebook on Cities and Clothes" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director Wim Wenders
  • Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Director Wim Wenders
  • Twelve Years Later - a 7 minute featurette

Editorial Reviews

In this film, the prolific German documentary director Wim Wenders has taken on the subject of Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto as he prepares to debut his designs for another season in Paris. The documentary is as much a meditation by the director on the meaning of documentaries and information in the age of electronic data and computerized images as it is about the skill, dedication, philosophy and work of the fashion designer.

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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to be an original in the postmodern world ... April 14, 1999
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The director of WINGS OF DESIRE and PARIS,TEXAS follows Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto around Paris, France and Tokyo (two of Wenders' favorite cities)to find out whether the concept of originality still has meaning in a world where almost everything is a commercialized copy. Wenders depicts Yamamoto and his work in much the same way he treated director Nicholas Ray in LIGHTNING ON WATER and Japanese director Ozu in TOKYO-GA. Wenders shows how Yamamoto can be both original and humane in the unlikely environment of the fashion industry, which has a reputation for exploiting the bodies it displays and equips. If you are interested in the question of Art in the Age of Reproduction, you'll enjoy this film a great deal.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly thought provoking January 5, 2004
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I bought my own copy of this movie after renting it. Like Latcho Drom, it's something that I've watched more times than I can count; each time, I come away with something new. Here, the meditations on who we think we are, and the shaping power of place in forming our identities (a power that's really thrown into question in our ever-more-placeless times), encourage me to think again about my own identity, and what shapes it.
There are other pleasures here as well, springing forth from the collaboration of two deeply thoughtful people, Wenders and Yamamoto. Among them--thoughts about how clothes "make the man" (or person); the paradoxical idea of fashion as an art form; how many people's work goes into making one person famous as an "artist"; whether Eastern or Japanese ideas of artistic identity differ from Western ones; and much more--you're sure to find your own themes. Some of the music is a bit overblown, but that's my only, slight reservation. The pace might seem slow, but if you slow down with it and let it speak to you (and think WITH you), you're sure to come away with a richer perspective on much in life.
PS--the DVD version has a good commentary overlay by Wenders.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Maybe not for everyone October 15, 2008
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I love Yohji's clothing and I thought this movie would give me more insight on his creative process. It fell a little short for me on many levels. Maybe I'm not familiar with the filmmaker or the style of which he shoots his films. But I found his cinematography to be distracting and his directing to be less about Yohji and more about himself. Which may be what's cool about it, but wasn't what I was expecting. I assumed it was going to be a documentary about a fashion designer, not a narrative monologue thats badly shot movie with an equally horrible soundtrack. For such a modern fashion designer, this was a horrible representation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but poor production May 23, 2014
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This was set up as an interesting piece and to a point it was. Wenders takes a typical approach for him and, with his somewhat enigmatic subject (Yamamoto), presents something engaging. The problems come with the sound and picture quality...the latter the worst but both disappointing. The dvd needs a lot of work to 'deserve' both the subject and the work of the film-maker.
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