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23 May 2003 (Sweden) See more »
The surprising influences and origins of modern Japanese Architecture
KOCHUU is a visually stunning film about modern Japanese architecture, its roots in the Japanese tradition... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Tadao Andô ... Architect (as Tadao Ando)
Sverre Fehn ... Architect
Kristian Gullichsen ... Architect
Toyo Ito ... Architect
Kisho Kurokawa ... Himself - architect
Juhani Pallasmaa ... Architect
Kazuo Shinohara ... Architect

Directed by
Jesper Wachtmeister 
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Produced by
Jonas Kellagher .... co-producer
Jesper Wachtmeister .... producer
Original Music by
Benny Nilsen 
Cinematography by
Askild Edvardsen 
Film Editing by
Jesper Wachtmeister 

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52 min
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Scarce narration but rich imagery, 28 September 2011
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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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