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Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 19:00 - 21:30

A transcendent journey through the sounds of Japanese nature, ritual and tradition

Special Screening and Launch of Japan Sound Portrait Project:
"KanZeOn" featuring a Q&A with codirector Neil Cantwell, Musicity founder Nick Luscombe
and priest / DJ Akinobu Tatsumi

Wednesday, April 22 at 7 pmkanzeon-new-design-poster1 2570p
In Japanese with English subtitles
UK/ Japan, 2011 87 minutes

Directed by: Neil Cantwell and Tim Grabham
Featuring: Akinobu Tatsumi, Eri Fujii, Akihiro Iitomi

Film courtesy of cinema iloobia/ Dissolving Path

The Film Committee is pleased to host this special screening of the sumptuously photographed documentary "KanZeOn," coinciding with this month's launch of the Japan Sound Portrait, a project to create a crowd-sourced "sound map" of Japan to share with the world as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics approach.

About the film:
"KanZeOn" envelopes viewers in the sights and sounds of Japan, moving evocatively from forest to temple to mountaintop, celebrating the deep resonance of sound within Japanese cultural identity - its songs, stories, rituals, performances, faiths and traditions - and exploring the mysterious bonds between the ancient and modern, between the spiritual and sensory. Directed by Neil Cantwell and Tim Grabham, the film focuses on Kyushu, and features three characters who guide the way through their words and performances: a Noh theater master and kotsuzumi drummer, a player of the rare Chinese sho, and a priest who also beat-boxes and DJs.

"KanZeOn" is as close to a metaphysical experience as a film can be, which is not surprising: "Kanzeon" is an alternative reading of "Kannon," the Buddhist personification of compassion. Continuously screened around the world since its premiere in 2011, the film enlightens without explaining, and mesmerizes without demanding full understanding.

About the Japan Sound Portrait:
With the Tokyo 2020 Olympics just over the horizon, KanZeOn codirector Neil Cantwell has teamed up with Musicity founder Nick Luscombe to launch a project to create a self-portrait of Japan. They will be inviting people from all over the country to take part by contributing audio and visual footage celebrating the sounds they cherish. This crowd-sourced library of 17 second clips (reflecting the 17 syllables of haiku) will then be presented in many different forms: as a sound map software application for exploring the country's sonic landscape; as a film combining the audio-visual clips, showing the place and value of sound in people's lives; and even as immersive virtual reality experiences that will enable visitors from afar to experience these special environments for themselves.

With an initial regional focus on Kyushu, Cantwell and Luscombe will first create a prototype version of the sound map using footage from "KanZeOn" and a first round of submissions, which will be used to secure sponsorship to build the required technical infrastructure. As they say in their description of the project: "A special Japanese sensitivity to sound is quickly revealed by considering a few well-known haiku. From Basho’s frog famously plopping into its silent pond, to Soseki's howling wind without any leaves left to blow, the sounds of nature have long been close to the heart of Japanese people. These fundamental feelings have found wide-ranging expression right up to the present day, as is evident in the leading role Japan has played in so much of the electronic equipment that currently helps define the possibilities for music the world over."

For more on the film: http://www.kanzeonthemovie.com/
For more on the Japan Sound Portrait: http://japansoundportrait.tumblr.com/

Neil Cantwell is codirector/producer, with Tim Grabham, of "KanZeOn." He was formerly Programme Officer for Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange at the Japan Foundation London Office, as well as a Foreign Research Fellow at Shuchiin University in Kyoto. He continues to perform, record and write music across a range of traditional and electronic instruments.    

Nick Luscombe is a radio broadcaster for BBC Radio 3, DJ, music and playlist curator, and live-event and radio producer. He has worked in senior music editorial roles at iTunes and Google Play and held the position of Director of Music at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA). He is the founder of Musicity, an international digital and live-event platform that explores the intersection of music and architecture.

Akinobu Tatsumi is a Jodo Shinshuu Buddhist monk from the countryside near Kumamoto City. He is also a musician who has toured around Japan and internationally as a DJ and beat-boxer. He released the album "Travel Through Worlds," which was chosen as one of the best releases of 2014 by FACT Magazine.
 
Please make your reservations at the FCCJ Reception Desk (3211-3161) or from http://www.fccj.or.jp. You may attend the Q&A session without attending the screening, but you will not have seating priority. Please reserve in advance, still & TV cameras inclusive. All film screenings are private, noncommercial events primarily for FCCJ members and their guests.
 
Please make your reservations at the FCCJ Reception Desk (3211-3161) or register below. You may attend the Q&A session without attending the screening, but you will not have seating priority. Please reserve in advance, still & TV cameras inclusive. All film screenings are private, noncommercial events primarily for FCCJ members and their guests.     

- Karen Severns, Film Committee

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スペシャルスクリーニング 『KanZeOn (観・世・音)』

Q&A登壇者:共同監督 Neil Cantwell、Musicity設立者 Nick Luscombe、浄土真宗僧侶/DJ Akinobu Tatsumi

2014年4月22日(水曜日)午後7:00 上映開始 (開場6:30)
日本語・英語字幕付
英国、日本 2011年/87分

映画情報
製作・監督: Neil Cantwell、Tim Grabham
出演:Akinobu Tatsumi, Eri Fujii, Akihiro Iitomi

『KanZeOn』は、木々から山寺までの自然の音と情景が融合し、深く共鳴し合う日本の文化と音を描き出します。作品は、九州を舞台に、歌、物語、儀式、行事、宗教や伝統 - と神秘的で精神的な感覚の合間で結合する古代と現代の姿を探索します。能舞台、小鼓、笙(しょう)など、胸を打つ映像、語り、仕草を通じて、観客を魅了するでしょう。さらに、2020年に向けて始まった日本の音源記録プロジェクトもご紹介します。

ウェブサイト:http://www.kanzeonthemovie.com

御予約はフロントデスクへの電話受付(3211-3161)また下記オンラインシステム(http://www.fccj.or.jp)で承っております。
本試写会は非営利の限定イベントであり、入場はFCCJ会員とゲストに重きをおいております。

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