Personal Cinema: Takahiko Iimura

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Takahiko Iimura is a Japanese experimental filmmaker who has been a pioneer of cinematic form since the early 1960s. This screening is a retrospective spanning 30 years of his work, from 1962 to 1993. Takahiko defines his own career as having three distinct phases, all represented in this screening -- His early, “imagist” films depicting concrete imagery, scenario, performance - such as Ai (Love) (with original score by Yoko Ono), and Onan. He shifted his focus to structuralism in the late 60s and early 70s, producing experiments in form and repetition, including In The River. This led to the pure conceptualism of his films from the mid-70s, including the mathematical + and - (Plus and Minus). Takahiko Iimura’s video experimentation represents another category of his multifaceted work, and we will be showing Camera/Monitor/Frame and AIEUONN from among his video selections as well. A 20 Minute Zoom discussion with Takahiko Iimura, recorded June 2021 will screen before the works.

All films will be presented on original 16mm prints from The Filmmakers’ Co-Operative.


  • Camera/Monitor/Frame (1975)
  • Ai (love) (1962)
  • Onan (1962)
  • Film Strips I + II (1967)
  • Seeing/Not Seeing (1972)
  • AIUEONN (1993)
  • In The River (1969)
  • + and - (Plus and Minus) (1973)
  • Kiri (fog) (1970)

This program was curated by Joe Wakeman, Millennium Film Workshop board member and filmmaker, with assistance from MM Serra of the New American Cinema Group/The Film-makers' Cooperative, Anri Vartanov and from Takahiko Iimura and Kentaro Taki.

Poster Designed by Brendan Winick.


Le Petit Versailles Garden - New York, United States


Friday, July 16, 2021 - 20:00



Friday, July 16, 2021 - 20:00
  • 346 E. Houston Street at AVENUE C
    New York, New York
    United States
    40° 43' 15.2688" N, 73° 58' 54.426" W