KanZeOn is part documentary, part sensory exploration of sound, revealing a rarely seen view of Japanese culture through ancient rituals and extraordinary musical spectacle.
Largely shot in and around Kyushu, the film revolves around three figures for whom music and religion plays a central part in their lives –
Akinobu Tatsumi, a young Buddhist priest who takes care of a temple near Kumamoto whilst spending his spare time as a hip-hop DJ and beatboxer; Eri Fujii, who draws upon the inspiration of nature in her mastery of the ancient Chinese instrument, the sho; and Noh theatre drummer and teacher, Akihiro Iitomi, who also happens to be a huge jazz fan.
We are delighted to announce that the complete KanZeOn project is now available for order in a special double disc DVD/CD edition - including the 86 minute feature, AV restructure by acclaimed audio visual artist amoeba a.v and the reindications music project with remixes of the soundtrack by woob, kidkanevil, tatsuki*, ta2mi, ManOne and shi_ne_ko_sei
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Since its release in 2011, KanZeOn has played on four continents and continues to find audiences around the world.
“Stunning to look at... mesmerising musical sequences”
Frances Morgan - Sight and Sound
"A stunning new British documentary”
Jasper Sharp - Writer and film curator, Midnight Eye
"A precious reminder of the monstrously underrated, visionary capabilities that lie in nonfiction film."
Marc Saint-Cyr - J-Film Pow-Wow
"A mysterious and compelling meditation on sound, song, story, ritual, performance, nature, tradition and Japanese Buddhism."
Gaetano Kazuo Maida - Executive Director, Buddhist Film Foundation, Inc.
Screenings include Nippon Connection, Frankfurt; International Buddhist Film Festival Bangkok & London; If Istanbul film festival; 27th Warsaw Film Festival; Shinsedai Cinema Festival Toronto; CineCity Brighton; Zipangu Fest, London.
a cinema iloobia / Dissolving Path film.