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'Zen' Buddhist teacher Dogen Zenji is a very important religious person during the Kamakura period, 750 years ago. After his mother died, he decides to move to China and settle as a ... See full summary »

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Banmei Takahashi

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Banmei Takahashi (screenplay), Tetsuo Ôtani (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kankurô Nakamura ... Dôgen (as Kantarô Nakamura)
Yuki Uchida ... Orin
Ryushin Tei ... Jakuen / Kugyô Minamotono
Kengo Kôra Kengo Kôra ... Shunryô
Ken'ichirô Yasui Ken'ichirô Yasui ... Gikai
Jun Murakami ... Ejô
Masanobu Katsumura Masanobu Katsumura ... Yoshishige Hatano
Tatsuya Fujiwara ... Tokiyori Hôjô
Tianyong Zheng Tianyong Zheng ... Nyôjô
Masahiko Nishimura ... Setsu-ô
Shun Sugata Shun Sugata ... Kônin
Shô Aikawa ... Matsuzô
Takashi Sasano Takashi Sasano ... Rôsô
Keiko Takahashi Keiko Takahashi ... Ishi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kiyomi Doi Kiyomi Doi
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'Zen' Buddhist teacher Dogen Zenji is a very important religious person during the Kamakura period, 750 years ago. After his mother died, he decides to move to China and settle as a Buddhist teacher. One bright morning, enlightened, Zenji returns to Japan as a devoted evangelist of the 'new' Buddhism. However, this new form of Buddhism is not accepted in all communities. Written by Rene Guillot

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buddhism | china | buddhist | zen | japan | See All (24) »

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Biography | Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Mandarin

Release Date:

10 January 2009 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Dogen - Zen mester See more »

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$2,877,113
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Hojo Tokiyori (1223-1263)was the regent for the Kamakura shogun. He was the real boss of the Kamakura government. See more »

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A True Masterpiece
24 January 2011 | by andynewman72See all my reviews

From my experience movies on the lives of spiritual masters, saints etc. tend to be dry with poor actors, dull photography and boring scores. This is clearly an exception to the rule. Yes you do need to be a little interested in the topic and it certainly helps to have a little Zen background to really appreciate it in it's entirety. That said I'm pretty sure that any true movie lover will thoroughly appreciate the breathtaking scenery, exquisite photography and acting. The main actor who plays Master Dogen is truly amazing. I don't think it's simple task to portray the life of a spiritual master with such power and realism (starting from early monk-hood all the way to enlightenment). The story itself is quite fascinating and could even serve as an introduction to Zen and the concept of enlightenment. Nine out of Zen stars :)


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