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2006

men-uchi

Noh mask carver

面打/men-uchi

Release Date
April, 4th, 2009
Running Time
60 min
Genre
Historical , Documentary
Color
Color
Screening Format
MiniDV
Screen Size
Standard (1:1.37)
Sound Processing
Stereo

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[ Produced by ]

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[ Staff ]

[ Production Company ]

[ Distributor (Japan) ]

UPLINK

[ Story ]

A documentary portrait of Arai Tatsuya, a prodigiously talented craftsman who began carving Noh masks at the age of 6, and later became the youngest person ever to receive the Incentive Award of the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology at the tender age of 22. In addition to scenes of this young artisan in the quiet solitude of his studio, whittling down square blocks of wood and imbuing these masks with profound emotion using a bold yet sensitive technique, this film also shows the finished product being deployed on stage in a performance by Nakasyo Nobuo, a master Noh practitioner from the Kanze school. Doing away with all narration, interview footage and other verbal explanations, this film offers viewers a refreshingly unembellished look at the single-minded devotion of Arai's chosen craft.

[ Official Site ]

http://www.nagaru-miyake.com/

[ Contact (International) ]

For further contact details, please contact UNIJAPAN -> [ Contact ]

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