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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39459

    New Master Dogen Movie

    Hi,

    Please keep an eye out for the new bio-movie on Master Dogen ... titled "ZEN" ...

    Probably only available in Japanese for awhile, but looks pretty good (as such movies go). The preview below is chock full of Dogen-isms that you'all should be familiar with from hanging around here at Treeleaf ...

    ... such as "Things Just As They Are (ari-ga-mama)" and "Zazen is not about Satori, Zazen is just to sit!" ...

    HERE IS THE PREVIEW:



    Gassho, Jundo at the Movies

    PS - HERE IS THE POSTER:

    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • aikoku tora
    Member
    • Jul 2008
    • 110

    #2
    Re: New Master Dogen Movie

    I already really like the dialogue... hard to say if it will show up state side, atleast within the next year or so at best, though I have half a mind to buy it from japan and just do the sub on it myself so the family can see it and understand
    ~ Mue

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    • chicanobudista
      Member
      • Mar 2008
      • 864

      #3
      Re: New Master Dogen Movie

      They only thing my Spanglish ears were able to discern was "Dooogen!" :mrgreen:

      :?: Is there a market for such flick in Japan? Is it about a part of Dogen's life or ?
      paz,
      Erik


      Flor de Nopal Sangha

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      • aikoku tora
        Member
        • Jul 2008
        • 110

        #4
        Re: New Master Dogen Movie

        well it's not ALL Anime.....though that is a huge chunk >.> but historical movies do just as well there as here



        I just pay more attention to the anime-manga side of the marketing as that is where I make my living...but even then the more aspects of tradition you can sneak into it, be it the use of kami's or having the wold be a modern mirror of the edo period socially it does well.
        ~ Mue

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        • lorax
          Member
          • Jun 2008
          • 381

          #5
          Re: New Master Dogen Movie

          Great pick of the month Jundo!

          Now have to figure out how to get a copy. Will start searching. Will be in Los Angeles next week and will check out the video stores around 1st street. "Japan Town".

          If anyone comes up with a US source please post it.

          Thanks

          Jim
          Shozan

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          • Jundo
            Treeleaf Founder and Priest
            • Apr 2006
            • 39459

            #6
            Re: New Master Dogen Movie

            Originally posted by lorax
            Great pick of the month Jundo!

            Now have to figure out how to get a copy. Will start searching. Will be in Los Angeles next week and will check out the video stores around 1st street. "Japan Town".

            If anyone comes up with a US source please post it.

            Thanks

            Jim
            Hi Lorax,

            I do not think it is even out in the theatres here in Japan yet until next week.

            Gassho, Jundo
            ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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            • jcsuperstar
              Member
              • Nov 2008
              • 39

              #7
              Re: New Master Dogen Movie

              i saw the trailer to this a while back. i so want to see this film.... too bad they didnt do it back in the day with toshiro mifune.. :P
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              "i need not to know all the answers but merely to understand the questions" - Tozen Akiyama Roshi

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              • Shohei
                Member
                • Oct 2007
                • 2854

                #8
                Re: New Master Dogen Movie

                Interesting
                I will see this when its released and able to be picked up on DVD.

                I was wondering, I picked up a new copy of "Zen Noir" a while back and watched it a several times through (once trough with audio commentary on, the director and Brad Warner were discussing the scenes as they play and I found it quite entertaining), I was going to post that if anyone here would like to watch it id be willing to send it to them, postage paid so long as they would do the same, if asked. Of course id think it wise to purchase it if you really like it. (btw if this is some sort of legal infringement then I do apologize and just disregard). Just wanted to pass it on if some was interested rather than it gathering dust.

                Gassho, Dirk

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                • Myokan

                  #9
                  Re: New Master Dogen Movie

                  I like the scene where the Ninga's show up at the temple to do Dharma Combat with Dogen. lol. :lol:

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                  • Jundo
                    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                    • Apr 2006
                    • 39459

                    #10
                    Re: New Master Dogen Movie

                    Hello from the Balcony ...

                    I was finally able to see the movie ... and (though Master Dogen advises during the film that we best drop all thought of "good" and "bad") ... the movie was GOOD!! (especially for a religiously themed bio flick. Of course, it helps to already be a Big Dogen Zenji fan!)

                    It really has some scenes that, for me, were worth the price of admission. For example, it had the famous lines in which Dogen is asked, after he returns to Japan, what insight he gained in China (and had his "enlightenment" and such) ... he said, "I have come back empty-handed. I have realized only that the eyes are horizontal and the nose is vertical."

                    It also has a few wonderful scenes in which Dogen, after his so-called "Enlightenment",sheds tears when encountering sadness, like the death of a small child. That's actually a big deal scene, because a lot of Buddhists might think that someone so-called "fully enlightened" should not be crying and feeling tragedy, and would be beyond all such emotions (that is a most common belief in many schools of Buddhism). In fact, Dogen taught that the human heart is right at the heart of the matter!

                    Okay, there were a couple of cheezy scenes that I put down to the filmmaker's imagination, like the psychodelic animation used to show his moment of "Satori" ... he flies into the sky on an anime pink lotus flower. Hmmm.

                    But, that was compensated for by the rest of the film, which brought Dogen back down to earth. He spends most of the film teaching such things as "Things Just As They Are (ari-ga-mama)" and "Zazen is not about Satori, Zazen is just to sit!" ... Sound familiar??? :wink:

                    I give it Five Buddhas! x 5
                    Last edited by Jundo; 08-31-2020, 03:56 AM.
                    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                    • Shohei
                      Member
                      • Oct 2007
                      • 2854

                      #11
                      Re: New Master Dogen Movie

                      NICE!
                      I'm excited for it to become available here either in theatre or DVD!
                      Originally posted by Jundo
                      "Zazen is not about Satori, Zazen is just to sit!" ... Sound familiar??? :wink:
                      :P
                      Thanks for the review Jundo!

                      Gassho, Shohei

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                      • chicanobudista
                        Member
                        • Mar 2008
                        • 864

                        #12
                        Re: New Master Dogen Movie

                        Yeah. But the more important question is....





                        Does the movie have a** kicking? :twisted:
                        paz,
                        Erik


                        Flor de Nopal Sangha

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                        • Dosho
                          Member
                          • Jun 2008
                          • 5784

                          #13
                          Re: New Master Dogen Movie

                          Very cool!

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                          • Voton
                            Member
                            • May 2008
                            • 45

                            #14
                            Re: New Master Dogen Movie

                            A biopic about Dogen?! That is...well, AWESOME, dude!
                            I'm sure there will be a crap Malay bootleg of this on eBay in 5...4...3...2...

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                            • Bansho
                              Member
                              • Apr 2007
                              • 532

                              #15
                              Re: New Master Dogen Movie

                              Hi,

                              That sounds really good. It could take years before it's available here, though. No matter.

                              What I think is really wonderful about it - regardless of whether it is good/bad, cool/corny or whatever - some people will go see it, perhaps just by chance, perhaps out of curiosity, perhaps out of boredom because there was nothing else on and for some of them, not all but for some - their interest in Zen will be sparked. It could be an event which changes their lives, just as a half corny, half cool Shaolin monk demonstration sparked my interest years ago, and that really is a wonderful thing.

                              Gassho
                              Bansho
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