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Wandering Tokyo 20 years ago, Wim Wenders focused on the same sorts of things that too many other Westerners have found fascinating: pachinko, rooftop driving ranges, plastic food, and ducktailed Japanese rockabillies. 1985’s Tokyo-Ga also includes chance encounters with fellow directors Werner Herzog and Chris Marker—the latter in a Shinjuku dive named for Marker’s 1962 film, La Jetée—but what animates this “film diary” is the search for Yasujiro Ozu’s spirit. Wenders’ claim that Ozu is the only director from whom he ever learned anything is debatable—just compare Antonioni’s Il Grido with any of Wenders’ road movies—but his affection for the great Japanese “home drama” maker is palpable. This sometimes pedestrian documentary (whose never-explained title could be translated “Tokyo Itself”) comes to life whenever it catches Ozu’s scent: visiting his grave, meeting iconic actor Chishu Ryu, or reducing loyal cinematographer Yuharu Atsuta to tears of loneliness and loss. The film screens at 6:30 p.m. at the Goethe Institut’s Goethe-Forum, 812 7th St. NW. $5. (202) 289-1200. (Mark Jenkins)