Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Zen, the movie.

Last night I watched Zen, the new Japanese movie about Dogen Zenji's life and work.


It has recently been released on DVD with English subtitles. The movie itself is quite good, despite some pretty ham acting and woeful special effects, especially the depiction of Dogen's enlightment when he shoots straight into the heavens on a computer generated lotus flower. But all this can be forgiven as it's still a good movie. It charts Dogen's life from the death of his mother to his death sitting in a zendo in his most famous temple in Japan, Eiheiji, which still exists today.

The movie selects a series of famous quotes and events which build a picture of the teachings of the man. This is what makes the movie so good. It's not all about the man, to the detriment of his teachings. The core teachings are laid out and are even more inspirational in the context of the movie. I'm not sure if this is available on Amazon outside of Japan, but it's available from Amazon Japan. It's region 2 so if you want to watch it in the US or other places, you'll need to watch it on your PC.


Good luck.

1 comment:

  1. Ive heard the same from other reviewers as well. Hopefully it makes its way to Bittorent soon.