Wednesday, 5 August 2009
Review: Zen - ("Dogen, The Movie")
written by Shonin
This isn't a full review, just a quick recommendation really.
'Zen' is a drama based on the life of Japanese Zen Master Dogen. Overall, I enjoyed it very much. Beautifully shot and well acted, although for me it was let down slightly by a couple of CGI scenes, especially one where Dogen attains enlightenment and flies into the sky on a huge lotus flower. I also suspect that much of the character drama and many of the characters were invented to create a story that works as a movie. There is a scene in which a Dogen advises a woman with a dying child to visit the every household in which no one has ever died. This is a parable I've heard attributed to both Buddha and Jesus, but not Dogen. It is peppered with some of Dogen's sayings - enough to get a flavour of his teachings.
It wasn't easy for me to get hold of a copy - I had to get it imported from Hong Kong, but for me it was a must-see.
The preview is here: Zen
And there is a more substantial review here: Religious film lacks thrill of temptation
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