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KOCHUU is a visually stunning film about modern Japanese architecture, its roots in the Japanese tradition, and its impact on the Nordic building tradition. Winding its way through visions of the future and traditional concepts, nature and concrete, gardens and high-tech spaces, the film explains how contemporary Japanese architects strive to unite the ways of modern man with the old philosophies in astounding constructions. KOCHUU, which translates as "in the jar," refers to the Japanese tradition of constructing small, enclosed physical spaces, which create the impression of a separate universe. The film illustrates key components of traditional Japanese architecture, such as reducing the distinction between outdoors and indoors, disrupting the symmetrical, building with wooden posts and beams rather than with walls, modular construction techniques, and its symbiotic relationship with water, light and nature. The film illustrates these concepts through remarkable views of the ... Written by
In short the film covers an interesting topic but nearly scratches the surface of it. It consists of examples of Japanese and Nordic/Western architecture and their mutual influence with comments from their authors but does so in a vague manner and lacks narrative substance. On the other hand the scenery is beautifully filmed and gives us an idea of the actual behavior of the spaces mentioned that we always had to imagine from photographs. Maybe the scarcity of words is there on purpose, just enough to pique the interest, or to make us feel rather than contemplate theory. Anyway it's an interesting short summary, but as usual the books are where you need to go in order to understand the subject.
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