W+K Tokyo

AROUND THE WORLD : JOBURG.01 : WE ALL BLACK

Deep down inside we’s all black. Need we say mo?

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Some of us converted into African bushmen. Introducing W+K AFRICA…

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Take, exhibiting rage. This must be the violence that most South Africaans warned us would happen when the sun goes down. hmmm. more on this later when we post the visit to the much feared and much revered SOWETO.

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BLUE STEEL as we learned can be traced to Africa as well, as seen in this prehistoric gaze exhibited by Shun

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Contrary to Take, Kenj seems to be displaying the CARE BEAR look after ingesting some African delicacies.

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+cruz reconciling with his AsiAfrican roots. He is currently setting up the Asian chapter of the ANC. Deep down inside he knew there was a reason why he always wore ALL BLACK. FINALLY he understands!!!

AROUND THE WORLD : RIO.03 : TIJUCA

We shot life scenes that portrayed the true flava of the people. Perhaps, but nothing says Brasil more than CARNAVAL! Which was 1 week away. It so happens that we could catch a dress and performance rehearsal in Tijuca. It’s a fascinating annual festival celebrated by all – straight, gay, old, young, dressed or undressed, which involves undular movements of the derrier almost reaching a trance-like state, similar to whirling dervishes, but with butt. Kenji tried but failed miserably. Sadly, as we found out, Japanese dudes got no groove. Asses required unfortunately. FORCA JOVEM!

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AROUND THE WORLD : RIO.02 : RIO GRAFFPHY

Santa Teresa is the artist neighbourhood of Rio. Whilst sauntering for a locehun, we ran across a wealth of RIO GRAFFITI…

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Oh!Yea… on this day, we trekked all the way up to Corcovado to pay tribute to the dude up there and shoot some plates of him. Upon arrival the dude decided to bring heaven down to earth, or at least to where he was standing, consequently, we could not see him. O well.

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AROUND THE WORLD : RIO.01 : BRASIL

Our second destination was Rio de Janiero, a great city with a wierd co-existence and tension between rich and poor. It kinda ruins it when people warn you not to take your camera around, even tho I did see a woman get mugged in front of me.

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PORCAO! definitely one of the most memorable things about being in RIO… PORCAO!

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Saw this amazing BoomBox with cassette tape, check out that grill.

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Hung out with thierry des fontaines, French cameraman residing in rio with his Brasilian famille. This is Juliet, his petit amour at thier beautiful hillside house in the suburb of Niteroy.

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TDF took us around the famed FAVELAS of rio. You kinda need to be in with a locals to gain good access into these territories. It was great experiencing the true soul and flava of the often misrepresented demographic of Brasils real world. Merci! Monsieur des Fontaines.

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Kenji lamenting for a woman 😉

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Some scenes on the way up to Pao de Azucar…

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While having a cafe in the artist district of Santa Teresa, I ran into none other than my partner… Mdmlle. Claudia Cristovao when she was 5… Boy was she thirsty.

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AROUND THE WORLD IN 44 DAYS

A team of us are working on a global project for an upcoming commercial film documenting kids learning worldwide. Our first stop was in NYC.

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We’ve found the perfect director for this project – Marilyn Agrelo, director of MAD HOT BALLROOM and Mark Williams, 2nd DP for LOST IN TRANSLATION.

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with DYLAN GRIFFIN on stills.

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