It is not the first time that filmmakers turn to very far cities to imagine the future of another very different one. That is what happened for example with Blade Runner in the 80s , when a technologically advanced Tokyo was used as a backdrop to describe how would the largest west city of U.S.A. be in 2019.
The story , as we said, repeats itself, and it has happened again with Her, the latest film by Spike Jonze who has won the statuette for Best Original Screenplay few days ago, fairly predictable by the way, being the plot about the relationship forged between a recently separated man and his operating system .
But times change, and while it was Japan which left Western tourists speachless for its exquisite taste for technological advances in the 80s and 90s , it seems that China is receiving the baton, with futuristic cities like Shanghai, the set Joaquin Phoenix walks along while experiencing a growing relationship with a smartphone, whose voice comes from Scarlett Johansson.
However , we have to say that those who will watch the movie, or who have already watched it , may not notice this fact, because it does not give the feeling of being in the Far East , as pedestrians , claims and posters have been carefully modified by replacing the Chinese ones for something more familiar to the American or Western viewer.
Still, city maps do not lie, as it is well shown in the pictures that accompany this post. Both Joaquin Phoenix's walks through the city, with its clean streets and bridges and stylized forms, and the scenes in his room, looking at the skyline of the city, do not deceive us, it is Shanghai, the enigmatic city, almost paradoxical, created by the Chinese giant , making all tourists fall in love with it. Elegant shops , huge shopping malls and skyscrapers with the most unexpected shapes are a must for every lover of modernity, a place that many of us dream to visit sometime.