Tokyo Reverse – Simple Technique – Can You Stop Watching?

by planetMitch6 Comments

This is a simple concept, but probably difficult to create but it is also very cool. Maybe I spent too much time watching thinking about how the characters are managing to walk backwards and not kill themsleves, but I really enjoyed this and wanted to share with you.

An interesting choice of music as well… the applause threw me at first, then I realized it was a live music track. Does it work for your or was it more distracting?

Shot on a Canon EOS 1D C with a gimbal rig (see photo below). The trailer is available in 4k on youtube!

Tokyo Reverse



Note from their facebook page, a behind-the-scenes photo:

SANDL behind-the-scenes for Tokyo Reverse

SANDL behind-the-scenes for Tokyo Reverse





Written and directed by : SÅNDL : Simon Bouisson et Ludovic Zuili
Original soundtrack director : Francesco Tristano
Produced by : Grégoire Olivereau
A coproduction : France Télévisions and EDEN

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


  1. Pretty easy to figure out how it was done & not really all that difficult to do ~ now if the “ForwardMoving” guy was on a Bike or SkateBoard or the like it would be a real trick ~ unless, of course, I’m wrong about how I think it was done ~

    1. I think you’re missing the subtlety of how they’ve achieved this – so often people trying this technique simply walk backwards the same way they walk forwards, without realizing they should be walking backwards the opposite way they walk forwards… i.e. We spring off our trailing foot and then cushion ourselves when the leading foot lands…
      If you think it’s so easy I dare you to do it and look as natural as these guys in reverse!

  2. I like how you tricked me into clicking your Facebook page by saying it was theirs.

  3. The applause in the music was jarring but maybe it brought with it the sense of a crowd. I have some other thoughts though, the up and down motion of the camera got a wee bit distracting because of the width of the image and ratio of movement between the foreground and background subjects. It makes you want to bob your head, but maybe that’s a good thing. What I really found interesting was that after watching for at least two minutes, you kind of forget that parts are moving backwards and it just sort of makes sense in some weird way. Some moments in this are truly neat and I think it was a great way to capture Tokyo! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Don’t see where I said that I think would be so easy ~ There is a big diff’ in my book between “easy” & “not all that difficult” & my comment
    “Pretty easy to figure out how it was done & not really all that difficult to do”
    was referring to the “HowTo” of it & not the actual execution ~ I think it is a MarvelousPieceOfWork & extremely well done & I would not be able to even come close to pulling it off because I don’t have some of the necessary equipment ~

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