Tokyo - Tokyo city © David Bickerstaff

As global cinema-goers scrabble for tickets to see new film Tokyo Stories, Oxford is hosting the world premiere right here at The Phoenix Picturehouse in Jericho on Friday.

This exciting new film is being released to over 20 countries from May 23, and cinemas all over the UK

Based on the smash-hit exhibition Tokyo: Art and Photography at the Ashmolean READ ABOUT IT HERETokyo Stories spans four centuries of incredible art – from woodblock prints to Pop Art, contemporary photography, Manga, film and street art.  

Excited about bringing new audiences to the Ashmolean exhibition affected by lockdown, Dr Xa Sturgis, Director of the Ashmolean, says: “It’s especially rewarding to have captured this exciting and ambitious show on film forever for people who would never have been able to visit us in person, due to the pandemic.

Tokyo Stories – Tokyo city © David Bickerstaff

“So Tokyo Stories providing the Ashmolean with an extraordinary platform to reach new audiences worldwide – via the cinema – thanks to Exhibition on Screen.”

The exciting new film, being released to over 20 countries from May 23, as well as cinemas all over the UK (including The Phoenix), is fast-paced, energetic and dynamic, mixing the traditional with the ultra-modern and exploring one of the world’s most vibrant hubs of creativity and ingenuity – Tokyo.  

Tokyo Stories at the Ashmolean © Exhibition on Screen & David Bickerstaff

 The film also focuses on the Ashmolean’s 2021 exhibition, Tokyo: Art & Photography which included new commissions by contemporary artists, loans from leading Japanese galleries and museums, and treasures from the Ashmolean’s own extensive collections. 

We look forward to working with the Ashmolean to ensure this film is seen throughout the world

Thus it features the exhibition’s curators and experts Clare Pollard and Lena Fritsch, Xa Sturgis.

Tokyo Stories at the Ashmolean – install © David Bickerstaff

You can also enjoy exclusive conversations with leading contemporary artists: renowned photographers  Moriyama Daido and  Mika Ninagawa; Pop Artist  Keiichi Tanaami; street artist  Enrico Isamu Oyama; installation artist  Yuko Mohri and the experimental Chim-Pom  collective, all of whom showed works in the Ashmolean exhibition. 

For more information or to book tickets or screen/download the film go to: