Olivier Julien’s feature-length documentary Tokyo Phoenix: The Rise of Modern Japan will have its world television premiere screening at the forthcoming MIPDoc market in Cannes.
The film (pictured) details the evolution of the Japanese capital city from the Edo period, a traditional Asian city of wooden dwellings ruled by the feudal powers of the Samurai, prior to opening up to Western culture more than 150 years ago.
Heavily damaged twice during the 20th century – in the 1923 earthquake and during World War II – Tokyo has since established itself as a major urban power, while becoming the world’s largest and most densely populated megalopolis.
Incorporating exclusive restored and colorized archive materials filmed in Tokyo from 1905 onward, the film also draws on extensive French, British, German, and Russian archive footage of Japan from the first half of the 20th century.
The documentary was initially produced for the Japanese market by pubcaster NHK before being adapted for international distribution by French co-producer CC&C, a specialist in historical films and expertise in colorization techniques, in co-production with Arte France.
French distributor Terranoa is handling the international sales of the film.
Tokyo Phoenix: The Rise of Modern Japan is scheduled to premiere April 2 at 5:15 p.m. in the JW Marriott Grand Theatre during the MIPDoc market. The documentary-focused market takes place in Cannes, France between April 1 and 2, ahead of the MIPTV entertainment content market, running April 3-6.