The exquisite short films of Kihachiro Kawamoto

The exquisite short films of Kihachiro Kawamoto

DVD - 2008 | Japanese
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Breaking of branches is forbidden: A monk orders a young acolyte, who has a fondness for sake, to guard a cherry tree.
Demon: Two brothers, living with their aged mother, go out into the forest to hunt. In the forest, a demon's arm attempts to overpower one of them. They cut off the arm and bring it home, only to find a more horrible fate at home.
Farce anthropo-cynique: A dog race is interrupted by a ringmaster who mistreats the animals. The crowd becomes incensed and the ringmaster runs for his life.
Trip: A young girl sets off on a surreal metaphysical voyage to the learn the pain and joy of life.
Poet's life: A worker fired from a factory for demanding higher wages is plagued by ghastly nightmares. Based on a story by Kobo Abe.
Dojoji Temple: On their way to worship at a Buddhist shrine, two monks stop over at the home of a young woman. Their hostess develops an all-consuming passion for the younger of the two, but he rejects her. When she finds that he has left, she follows him in the form of a serpent.
House of flames: On his way to the capital, a Buddhist monk stops over in a hamlet to ask the villagers the way to an ancient monument known as the Seeker's Mound. Though they cannot help him, he comes upon it by chance and meets the ghost of a young woman who, five centuries before, was loved by two men, a poet and a warrior. When they shot a paradise duck in order to prove their worth, she was overcome by guilt and drowned herself. As a result her suitors concluded a suicide pact and ever since her soul has been in torment, enveloped in a house of flame.
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : KimStim, Inc. : distributed exclusively by Kino, [2008]
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.433 EXQUISITE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 99 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors (Original Script): 川本喜八郎

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ms_paul
Sep 24, 2017

incredible art!

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WILLROME
Dec 31, 2011

I didn't know it was possible to have a fine work of art on film. This is Goya's "Saturn" on film.

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