Once considered divine, the centuries-old craft of sword-making in Taiwan is dying. But one individual is doing his best to keep the ancient tradition alive. Al Jazeera's Steve Chao travelled to the town of Cheding to meet the country's last professional sword-maker, who at 65, hopes to find a "worthy apprentice" to pass his legacy on to. Aljazeera's Steve Chao reports. Shot and edited by Matthew Allard.
Shot on a Canon 7D using a Canon 50mm f1.2 and a Canon 16-35mm f2.8 lens.
Samurai movies made Japanese cinema famous worldwide. In the 1950s, films such as the Seven Samurai by Akiro Kurosawa were extremely popular both in Japan and abroad. But waning interest is now leaving many of Japan's silver screen swordsmen out of work. Al Jazeera's Steve Chao reports from Japan's cultural capital of Kyoto.
Shot and edited by Matthew Allard. Shot on a Canon 5 and 7D and edited in Final Cut Pro.
Lenses used were a Canon 24-70 f2.8, 70-200 USM IS 2 f2.8, 16-35mm f2.8, 50mm f1.2, 135mm f2 and Tokina 11-16mm f2.8
The Last Samurai courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
I wrote this documentary along with my friends Malcolm and Christine, as part of The Ritual Project sponsored by Stella Artois (more at theritualproject.com). So proud to help these painters tell their story.
Concept: Mother NY; Production Co: Mekanism; Director/DP/Editor: Malcolm Murray; Music by The Album Leaf; Painters: Colossal Media/Sky High Murals/Bob Middleton; Presented by Stella Artois