15 de maio de 2010

The Book Of The Dead - Kihachiro Kawamoto

Puppet animation by legendary master Kihachiro Kawamoto. 
Set in the Nara period (AD 710-784), just after the introduction of Buddhism from China, this is a moral tale with supernatural elements. It follows Iratsume, the devout and noble daughter of the second house of the Fujiwara clan, who has taken upon herself the rather futile task of transcribing 1000 copies of the Amida Sutra. After working day and night for over a year and suffering from severe fatigue, she hallucinates the figure of the Buddha radiantly shining over the peak of the holy Mt Futakami. Without any awareness of her actions, or the storm that rages outside, she sets out from the house as though possessed, and her journey takes her to a sacred temple. In this space between the earthly and spiritual realms begins a Shakespearian tale of mistaken identities, which fluctuates between longing and repression, death and life. The ghost of prince Otsu, assassinated many years ago by the emperor's widow in a court intrigue, believes Iratsume to be her great aunt Mimimo no Toji, whose eyes met his as he was about to be beheaded by Iware pond. Since that encounter prince Otsu has developed a yearning attachment to the secular world, and so his corpse wanders the land seeking his unrequited love, calling for her to bear him a child that may speak his name. Meanwhile Iratsume, whose devoutness has led her to abandon the world in her search for the divine, despite the frustration of her many suitors, mistakes Otsu's festering pale flesh for the pure manifestation of the Buddha. Every time Otsu makes his advance to her bedside, Iratsume dutifully chants the Amida Sutra in anticipation of her blissful attainment of satori, which, much to her frustration, only seems to scare away her would be lover.

Runtime: 79
Language: Japanese dialogues, English narration (English softsubs)
Country: Japan
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443232/
Director: Kihachiro Kawamoto
Download Links:

DVDrip, XVID, 699 MB, 640 x 480, Video 172 KBit/s, Audio 192 KBit/s
All the dialogues are in Japanese, the narrator´s voice has been dubbed in English.

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