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Yohei Shiono
Honami Suzuki ...
Masoho Akashi
Ken Ohsawa ...
Ikuo Shiono (as Ken Osawa)
Hikomaro ...
Eishun Sasaki
Hiromasa Taguchi ...
Chinrai Shinada
Kazuo Chikada ...
Jian
Paul Silverman ...
Yosei
Yu Tokui ...
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Yoshikazu Ebisu ...
Masoho's colleague
Akira Emoto ...
Masoho's boss
Eri Fuse ...
Masuho's colleague
Hisako Hara ...
O-baasan
Yuriko Hirooka ...
Madonna
Masanori Irie ...
Ichiyu
Michiko Kawai ...
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Yohei, a punk rocker, has to become a Buddhist monk in order to inherit a mountain temple. Yohei though initially rebelling against the tough monastic discipline learns to adjust. Then his girlfriend shows up, enticing him to return to his rock 'n' roll roots. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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the real koan
11 March 2005 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

Zen Buddhism is famous for koans, or paradoxical riddles or cases. The koan in this film is: how can Zen monks successfully adapt an age-old tradition to modern life?

How do modern-day monks compare to the religious ideals? rigidity of monastery?

some things that recommend this film: - fancy dances, see impressive Zen rituals - human portrayal of entrants into the monastery - COMEDY: fat monk Chinran, 80s office lady girlfriend who acts cute but takes charge, singing rock-star monk, senile Zen master - wry cinematography

You'd be better off watching this film if you've background knowledge of the Japanese monastic institution. The film doesn't explain much of the context.


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