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Rila Fukushima

Rila Fukushima’s Adventure Movies Favor Urban Exploration

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For her “movies with adventure” short list, Rila Fukushima eschewed the usual tales of jungle derring-do or explorers penetrating exotic locales.

The mysterious landscapes in her list are European capitals, Paris for “Lost in Paris” and Berlin for “Run Lola Run.” Both cities are very civilized — but there’s plenty of room for adventure there, as she can attest herself.

“The first time when I went to Paris, I’m totally lost, like, ‘Whoa.’ I felt really miserable when I went to Paris because I only knew a couple words [of French],” she said.

So for her list, she focused on characters’ inner adventure.

“Everybody has a journey, right?,” she asks. “Everybody has an adventure, like finding hope in their own life, small or big.”

“Lost in Paris” is a favorite of the Japanese model and actress, who is familiar to genre fans from “The Wolverine” and “Game of Thrones.” She likes it not just because of the movie’s Canadian heroine and her search for her missing aunt, but because of the movie’s bold look. “The way they shot the film was so beautiful,” she says. “It’s visually stunning and really composed.”

She also admires the movie’s final scene, where the characters say much without words. “The way they communicate between each other was a really nice physical performance,” she added. “They actually speak, with their bodies. It’s really beautiful.”

The Berlin-set “Run Lola Run” made a big impression on Fukushima when she was a teenager — and on her friends. “One of my friends actually dyed her hair bright, bright red and cut her hair like Lola,” Fukushima recalled. “She showed up to school and immediately got pulled into principal’s office. I felt so bad, but it was really hilarious. It was bad, but it was good.”

Fukushima recently revisited the film, and found she reacted differently than she had back then, when Lola was a style icon. “Now I absolutely admire the bravery of the creator, taking that type of risk to create the film,” she says. “It’s so hard and challenging to make something new. He did it. He was so visionary. The mix of animation and the way he presented the story was really new, so I really appreciate what he did.”

If everyone has a journey, that includes Fukushima. How’s her own journey going? “It’s been hectic, but I like it,” she says.

To watch Fukushima’s “movies with adventure” — “Lost in Paris” and “Run Lola Run”* — as well as other movies like these, start your Tribeca Shortlist free, seven-day trial here.

*Titles subject to availability

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