This experimental narrative piece offers an abstract view of a contemporary city and the people who inhabit it
“Lyricism and visual beauty are evident in this film as three issei (first generation Japanese Americans) describe a collective history through their personal memories.”
The vibrancy of the City of Los Angeles is expressed by an intricate interweaving of optical print effects and an eclectic soundtrack. This experimental narrative piece offers an abstract view of a contemporary city and the people who inhabit it.
CITY CITY is the creation of Duane Kubo, one of the founding members of the vanguard Asian American media arts organization, Visual Communications. Intended as director Kubo’s take on news ways of envisioning children’s programming, the film employed various cinematic techniques not seen in VC productions up to that point. CITY CITY was also distinguished by its step-printing techniques, courtesy of visual effects consultant Donna Deitch, who would later direct the landmark DESERT HEARTS.