Reflections on Japan

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DVD Compilation - 3 films.

Horse / Kappa / House | 1995 | b&w/color | Sound | 33mim | 16mm
Iwate Prefecture in northeastern Japan is the setting for The Legends of Tono (Tono monogatari), a unique collection of regional folktales, gathered in the early 20th century by Yanagita Kunio. The tales manifest and explain invisible forces and malevolent events which shape the psycho-cultural dimensions of Japanese indigenous beliefs and folk faith. Inspired by The Legends of Tono, HORSE/KAPPA/HOUSE records the surrounding landscape in a number of small villages throughout Iwate Prefecture in order to create a cinematic space which echoes, by implication and association, the external and unseen world in the environment.

Exhibition: Ann Arbor Film Festival; Semana de Cinema Experimental, Madrid; Humboldt Film Festival; Athens Film/Video Festival; Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival; Sydney Film Festival; Melbourne Int'l Film Festival; Victoria Int'l Film Festival.

An Abu's Warning | 1992 | b&w/color | 50min | Silent | 16mm
A 20th century traveler comes to Japan and is confronted by a landscape, its inhabitants and cultural traditions quite different from his own experiences. Shot in the summer, 1987.

Afterthoughts on a Legend | 2002 | 10min | Silent | 16mm
A response to the inklings that resonate ten years after a trip to Iwate Prefecture, Japan.

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