At a first glance, Tokaido appears to be a relatively simple series.  It retraces Hiroshiges steps along the old Tokaido, seeks out the locations of his prints and compares what was then with what is now. But behind this simple front is more than meets the eye. In the course of the trip, it becomes clear that the road is a device for something a bit more complex.  Tokaido is not just a film series about an artist and his impressions of a time long gone; it is a series about a country and its people, and how both were indelibly shaped by the times which Hiroshige documented so vividly. We meet various people, most of them linked one way or another with our search for the places Hiroshige documented along the route.  Some we meet while traveling, giving us a chance to see the landscape, the villages and cities along the way.  Others we meet at a particular site.  They all share information.  Sometimes it relates to Hiroshige or his times, others may impart personal information and still others provide background to larger issues like education or health care in Japan. The result, at first sight, is an enjoyable, leisurely-paced set of films, which can be enjoyed for just that reason.  But anyone expecting more will be pleased to discover more layers hidden beneath this deceivingly simple surface.  THE FILMS