For movie lovers who yearn for something more highbrow than the summer popcorn movies, Tokyo theaters offer screenings of theater, art, and dance. First up is the latest installment of National Theatre Live, which presents live performances from the venerable London playhouse. The new production of Othello resets Shakespeare’s tale in a modern world of military technology. Stage vet Adrian Lester takes the title role and Rory Kinnear of the 007 series is the duplicitous Iago.
Running July 2-8 at Bunkamura’s Le Cinema (2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku; www.bunkamura.co.jp)
Take in one of the most famous art collections in the world—without buying a plane ticket—with the film Florence and the Uffizi Gallery 3D/4K. The latest ultra-high definition 3-D technology was used to allow viewers to experience Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s “David” and even Leonardo DiVinci’s “Adoration of the Magi,” which has been off limits to gallery visitors for several years as it was restored.
Starting July 9 at Cine Switch in Ginza (4-4-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku; www.cineswitch.com)
The film Our Last Tango uses contemporary interviews, dramatizations and new dance performances to tell the story of Argentina’s most famous dancers María Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes. The two met as teenagers and danced together for 50 years, introducing tango to the world, before being forced to break up the act.
Starting July 9 at Bunkamura’s Le Cinema (2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku; www.bunkamura.co.jp)
The documentary Everybody Street (Japanese title: Photographers in New York) takes a look at the working days of famed street photographers, including Bruce Davidson, Joel Meyerowits, and the late Mary Ellen Mark. They share how they explore the big city through the lens, as well as their run-ins with police and irate subjects.
Starting late July at Image Forum. Check website for dates. (2-10-2 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku; www.imageforum.co.jp)