Architecture on Film: Tokyo Ride + Q&A

Bêka & Lemoine embark on an intimate guided tour of Tokyo, as passengers of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Ryue Nishizawa and his temperamental vintage Alfa Romeo. UK theatrical premiere.


08:40pm, Wednesday, 22 September 2021


10:40pm, Wednesday, 22 September 2021


Cinema 1
Barbican Centre, Level -2
Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS



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After opening Architecture on Film in 2008 with Bêka and Lemoine’s Koolhaas Houselife, we are delighted to welcome the filmmakers back for the UK theatrical premiere of their latest work, which will be followed by a conversation between the directors and architect Lucy Styles.

Tokyo Ride (UK Theatrical Premiere)

An urban road movie, a diary of a day, and an extensive interview, offering a double portrait of both Japan’s capital and one of its most celebrated architects, Tokyo Ride commemorates a date, 10 years in the waiting, between Bêka & Lemoine and Nishizawa, resulting in an improvised collaboration between the filmmakers, their protagonist, the city, the weather, and a car.

Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine’s way to look at architecture is similar to the vision of a cat walking through buildings in the city. It’s a really interesting way to see!
– Ryue Nishizawa

Nishizawa, a lifelong Tokyo resident, navigates a city where nothing stays the same – including stop-offs at the house he designed for his SANNA partner, Kazuyo Sejima, a rare glimpse into the duo’s architectural office, a pilgrimage to Kenzo Tange’s Yoyogi Gymnasium, and plenty of human and automotive refueling – before the lens of two filmmakers dedicated to discovering and representing architecture differently.

Along the way, Nishizawa’s narration takes in topics including his influences, the Japanese character, and the siginficance of architecture being practiced as a noun or as a verb – informed by the continent or the ocean – before the day closes with sushi on the roof of Nishizawa’s Moriyama House: subject of Bêka & Lemoine’s award winning 2017 film.

(France, 2020, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, 90 mins)