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Tokyo Reverse

A nine-hour program that shows a man walking backwards through Tokyo, and nothing else – or so it appears.

An interesting new trend in broadcasting is ‘Slow TV’: television programs that last for hours and provide refreshingly slow and seemingly uneventful alternatives to today’s high-speed information age.

One of the most notable examples is Tokyo Reverse, a nine-hour program that shows a man walking backwards through Tokyo – and nothing else – it appears. Created by Simon Bouisson (whose interactive documentary debut Les Communes des Paris premiered at IDFA 2010) simply follows Ludovic Zuili, walking backwards through the capital of Japan. The video is shown back to front so that Zuili seems to be walking normally through a world moving back in time.

This installation was part of the DocLab: Immersive Reality, presented by IDFA and De Brakke Grond (20-30 November 2014).

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Year of development :2014
Created by:Simon Bouisson & Ludovic Zuili

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