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Souls of Zen ()


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This documentary presents perspectives on Buddhism as practiced by clergy and millions of families in Japan today by drawing on ethnographic fieldwork about prayer practice and mortuary rituals "on the ground". "Souls" of Zen thereby... See more »

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Tomonori Abe ...
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Toshiaki Kimura ...
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Misako Kubo ...
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Shoju Kuwahara ...
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Pedro Meiyo ...
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Katsuhiro Nakamura ...
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Kohaku Nakazawa ...
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Susumu Shimazono ...
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Yoshiaki Shoji ...
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Shoko Takagi ...
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Seikai Takahashi ...
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Tim Graf
Jakob Montrasio

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Tim Graf ... ()

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Tim Graf ... producer
Michael Zimmer ... producer

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Thomas Henz

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Jakob Montrasio

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Tim Graf
Jakob Montrasio

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Yves Roy Vallaster ... colorist

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Bernd Basten ... visual effects artist
David Oberhauser ... visual effects artist
Stefan Tschammer ... visual effects artist

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Gregory Varga ... assistant camera

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Yazid Benfeghoul ... thanks
Sijia Fan ... thanks
Michael Ziming Ouyang ... thanks

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Plot Summary

This documentary presents perspectives on Buddhism as practiced by clergy and millions of families in Japan today by drawing on ethnographic fieldwork about prayer practice and mortuary rituals "on the ground". "Souls" of Zen thereby refers to one of Japan's most enduring traditions - the commemoration of ancestral spirits. We visit rural graveyards, urban temples, modern funeral halls, and public events to trace the rapid change this tradition is undergoing in the last decades and, most recently, in the wake of the tsunami. Written by Tim Graf

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Taglines Buddhism, Ancestors, and the 2011 Tsunami in Japan See more »
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Also Known As
  • Souls of Zen: Nach dem Tsunami - Buddhismus und Ahnengedenken in Japan 2011 (Germany)
  • Souls of Zen: Ancestors and Agency in Contemporary Japanese Temple Buddhism (World-wide, English title)
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  • 89 min
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Budget EUR100,000 (estimated)

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Trivia No less than four different rough cuts were made. See more »
Quotes Taio Kaneta: Someone from our temple went to the seaside to take a look, just out of curiosity. Then, that person became severely emotionally disturbed, was not able to sleep for three or four days and underwent a drastic personality shift. So, since that person was a member of our temple, I would be asked to help, somehow. I said we would all pray together. And he recovered! This was a great surprise, but a positive one, for once. While I was counseling him, I asked him, why did you go there? what did you see there? what was your purpose in going? Well, I asked him, could it have been purely out of curiosity, even when there were so many people killed?
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