When 21-year-old Scion Sasaki was born as the oldest son of his family, he was also born with the destiny of taking over his family’s Buddhist temple in Kyoto– a temple that has existed for 800 years, handed down by his ancestors for 23 generations. How does Scion approach his youth, knowing what awaits him in the future? Monk By Blood follows the life of Scion over the New Year holiday as he slips in and out of being a monk, juggling his DJ-ing hobby and his dream of becoming a chef.
Directed, Produced and Edited by: Ema Ryan Yamazaki
Cinematography and Produced by: Bao Nguyen
Produced by: Fiona Lawson-Baker (Al Jazeera English)
Ema Ryan Yamazaki
If you live outside of the U.S., view the full film on Al Jazeera English's website: aljazeera.com/programmes/viewfinder/asia/2013/06/2013625112631305367.html