What We’re Watching: Lexus’ “Takumi”

03 12 2019

In light of the soon-to-be-released documentary from Lexus with a 60,000 hour runtime, we couldn’t help but look back at numbers of our own. Since STALKR’s inception in 2008, our producers and researchers have logged almost 320,000 hours of sourcing and clearing visual content.

And while we’re not making a documentary that’s 320,000 hours long, the number sure holds some incredible clout. In the Lexus documentary, 60,000 hours is not some arbitrary number. Takumi: a 60,000 Hour Story of the Survival of Human Craft explores the daily lives of four Japanese master artisans who have achieved Takumi status—a title earned after having spent 60,000 hours working within their craft. Does this make the STALKR collective among the Takumi ranks? We’ll get back to you on that.

With help from The&Partnership, Lexus invites viewers into the world Takumi to further tell their own brand story around their superb craftsmanship when it comes to their vehicles. In fact, one of the craftsmen in the film, Katsuaki Suganuma, has worked at Lexus for 32 years where he leads the final inspection of the car-making process.

Whether it’s collecting footage, capturing a story, or laying out a powerful narrative, all of us at STALKR have a deep appreciation for detail and care when it comes to the film medium; in fact, it’s our own attention to craft that continually serves as a thread that unites all of our work.

Takumi also plays within the slow television format while posing exciting and interesting thoughts around the means of both the creation and consumption of film content. Recurring loops, loads of editing, an acute eye for pacing and story, and hours upon hours of footage—Takumi is a prime example of the sheer power and freedom that film enables.

While we can’t promise that we will be watching the entirety of the documentary, we certainly will be tuning in to watch the 54-minute-long edit come March 19th. Can’t wait until then? Learn more about the film with a Q+A featuring The&Partnership’s Dave Bedwood, who wrote the documentary, right here.