The 1972 Russian film Solaris is considered one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time. It tells the tale of a psychologist sent to investigate the deteriorating mental state of a space station crew orbiting the distant planet of Solaris. Like many sci-fi movies of the era, there are long stretches of footage where nothing seems to happen at all. Luckily for us, one of those extended scenes takes place on a highway in Tokyo and was filmed during the heyday of Japanese nostalgic cars.
Now imagine you’re a filmmaker living behind the Iron Curtain during the height of the Cold War. What is the most futuristic landscape your borscht-starved Soviet mind can envision? Tokyo, with its skyscrapers, elevated overpasses and light-lined tunnels, must have seemed like another world. Add to that Skylines and Crowns zipping by and you’ve got instant future, no special effects needed. Watch the video by clicking here.