Japan

the monk chiken in front of mount fuji in the film tenzo

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Tenzo

Soto Zen monks Chiken and Ryugyo, two classmates, grapple with the trauma of Japan’s post-Fukushima socio-economic crisis while trying to lead their respective temples. Tenzo freely blends fact and fiction in a genre-bending experimental tale based on real Soto Zen monks.

By Katsuya Tomita
rising from the tsunami

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Rising From the Tsunami

Ten years ago, Japan was devastated by a tsunami, which some survivors say tore a hole in the veil between the living and dead. Zen priest Reverend Kaneda counsels people who believe they are possessed by the spirits of the drowned in this sensitive film about a community recovering from trauma.

Jeremy Perrin and Hélène Robert
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