Alone in Tokyo


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  1. Jon says:

    You are a very talented individual, but you knew that already. you make me sick 🙂 I love this short, its amazing, Im off to japan in Jan for 6 months, my mum is going to visit. I will have to show her this,

    We stood in the same spot you did @3:00 for the timelapse in Omotesando, deciding where to go next, we went to the condom shop over the road..

  2. Nickolas Falangas says:

    I want to do stuff like this and I am wondering legally how you were able to accomplish all of these shots?? I know that here in California (Im sure everywhere in US) You need a license to shoot and if you get a shot of a defined face you need to have them waivered? i am pretty new into the Film World. But this is a big question I have… If you could e-mail me or something that would be awesome. Thanks -Nick

  3. Alex says:

    Man , I just would like to say thank you for this movie. I’m in Japan right now and this video express perfectly the spirit and the ambiance of Japan life.I know now how to share my trip here. Thank you very much.

  4. Armin says:

    Bloody brilliant.

  5. darko_film says:

    Nice job you have, Philip!!

  6. Jon Walker says:

    Okay, I know Sony footage when I see it. But, how were you able to pull off those time lapse pans? Did you just repeat the tripod settings as close as you could and match them in post? Did you have a level and measuring tape? Confess Phil…confess!!!

    1. pbloom says:

      Hi John. I used a motorized telescope head for the tripod. Some pics and info here:

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  8. benOit says:

    Fantastic job guy !!

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  10. Dan says:

    Great film! Is this available for purchase?

  11. I just created my own video. Oh Dear I have sooo much to learn. In Awe. Thank You

  12. Aleks says:

    Bookmarked. Absolutely brilliant.

  13. V says:

    Very nice! Love it.

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  15. Honor says:

    That is an amazing video and you’ve caught some very different sides of the city along the way. Fantastic work. I wish I had that creativity!

    1. pbloom says:

      really appreciate it!

  16. Having just recently returned from a trip to Japan it was so wonderful to see it captured so well with this video.

    My head still feels like its in Asia, but my body is back in San Diego!

    It’s a shame the homeless are often disregarded or invisible to people carrying on with their busy lives.

    Do you know if there’s any help for the homeless in Tokyo?


    1. pbloom says:

      sorry i don’t know. But thanks for comments!

  17. Your film is a wonderful portrayal of a very lonely city. I’m glad you chose to highlight the homeless, who are largely ignored in Japan.

    I was living in Matsusaka a couple of years ago when a homeless man froze to death in front of Nagoya’s main station. It took three days and tens of thousands of passers-by before somebody noticed he wasn’t moving.

    I wonder how the nation will fare as its people grow older.

  18. Petia says:

    I’m glad to discover Tokio through your eyes!

  19. As always… entertaining and diesel… Great Job

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  21. Chris says:

    Philip, care to share the equipment used on this one? Looks great!

  22. […] In a collective solitude members share physical proximity but there is a wall in between them.  This video of Philip Bloom gives a similar impression. […]

  23. […] Cherry Blossom Girl, My Autumn’s Done Come,  Return to Dungeness, Love from Southend, Alone in Tokyo and many more here are mostly just my personal projects. You see, my passion is filming, it’s […]

  24. Solid, engaging craft, a delight to watch and nice touch with the closing sfx.
    Thank you once again.

  25. […] Alone in Tokyo (Philip Bloom) […]

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  27. […] A whole lot of Tokyo is represented in the 6 minute short, many of the different Wards of Tokyo, the trains, the city at night, parks, festivals, family life and even the homeless . A must watch not only for fans of Japan. Looks like a video camera will be a must for me when I eventually land in Tokyo, I just have to stay focused and stick my goals. Watch Alone in Tokyo. […]

  28. sorosmogeof says:

    I found this funny video site with 2 original video’s up here are the teaser

    ” How to ruin somebodies wedding in 10 easy steeps”

    ” 10 Things you don’t want to do on your first date”

    Check it out link is in my signature.

  29. Zach says:

    Philip – Loved it. I’ve only been there once, so far, to see my cousin get married at the Meiji Shrine. You might’ve been to the same place… about 2 minutes in looks very familiar.

  30. el Ari S.D. says:

    I don’t know if you’re familiar with the movie Lost in Translation. Funny thing, the same song is used when Scarlett Johansson’s character went to Kyoto. The scene was mostly a train sequence followed by visiting historical landmarks in Kyoto. But as always awesome shots, love the music, keep at it :).

  31. david rorie says:


    Do you sell your films on dvd?

    -David Rorie

    1. pbloom says:

      not at moment!

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  33. Kaxxina says:

    Wow… great work. I’m surprised that even the homeless leave their shoes off outside their homes. I’d be afraid to wake up without mine. :/

  34. Don says:

    Stunning beautiful piece of film-making! I got completely lost in the whole experience.

  35. TrevorE says:

    Phil I remember way back when this came out, I think to this day still my favourite short you have done. Your early work with the Ex1 was inspirational to me. I had one too, but DSLR video came along before I got into the whole 35mm adaptor scene.
    I am wondering if you still have all of your Letus gear sitting in storage somewhere? I’d be really interested to see you dust them off one day and maybe do something with the new Sony PXW-Z100. 4k 10 bit 422 at 600Mbps could produce some stunning images at a good price for anyone who’s still got one of these adaptors laying around. From memory you always did say there was something about the organic look of the picture coming off the ground glass that DSLR just couldn’t give you.
    How about a Battle of the Bazooka’s comparing this kind of setup to vs the FS700 and its raw module?
    Or a 4k vs 4k shootout Z100 and Letus vs Canon 1Dc?

    Love your work.