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Postby AlasdairGF on Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:55 pm

Hi all - a sangha sister of mine wants to organise a series of film nights for our community, and is looking for recommendations. I've put a short list together (below), but while there are a few good ones in there, the list lacks imagination! I don't think the films have to be overtly Zennie or Buddhist - for instance I haven't added Groundhog Day yet (though will!) which is a surprisingly Zennie film (link!). Also some of these I've never heard of, just stumbled across while googling today, so if any of them are patently awful, then let me know and spare my sangha the pain!

So - any suggestions very welcome.

List so far:
Siddhartha (1972)
Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?: A Zen Fable (1989)
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
Kundun (1997)
Little Buddha (1993)
Zen (2011) (The one about Dogen)
Enlightenment Guaranteed / Erleuchtung garantiert (1999)
Peace Is Every Step: The Life and Work of Thich Nhat Hanh (1998)
Zen Noir (2004)
The Dhamma Brothers (2010)
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Re: Zen/Buddhist films

Postby Nonin on Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:51 pm

Alastair,

Here are five more:

Amongst White Clouds
How to Cook Your Life
Heart of Tibet
The Cup
Travelers and Magicians


I haven't seen Siddhartha, Zen Noir, or The Dhamma Brothers, but I've seen all the others on your list and would recommend all of them.

My faves amongst all of the above are:

Why Has Bodhidharma Left for the East
Enlightenment Guaranteed


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Re: Zen/Buddhist films

Postby Carol on Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:59 pm

Zen Noir is one of my all time favorite films. Recommend it highly.
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Re: Zen/Buddhist films

Postby Hosei on Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:54 pm

AlasdairGF wrote: Also some of these I've never heard of, just stumbled across while googling today, so if any of them are patently awful, then let me know and spare my sangha the pain!

List so far:
Siddhartha (1972)
Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?: A Zen Fable (1989)
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
Kundun (1997)
Little Buddha (1993)
Zen (2011) (The one about Dogen)
Enlightenment Guaranteed / Erleuchtung garantiert (1999)
Peace Is Every Step: The Life and Work of Thich Nhat Hanh (1998)
Zen Noir (2004)
The Dhamma Brothers (2010)



Well Alasdair.. just my opinion but..
- zen noir is a terrible movie.. but does have it's entertainment value. Enlightenment Guaranteed is hilarious

here's a few other films:

Un Budda - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0428283/ - isn't bad..
Amongst White Clouds - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1270080/ - is really good

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Re: Zen/Buddhist films

Postby Carol on Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:33 pm

Hosei wrote:.. just my opinion but..
- zen noir is a terrible movie.. but does have it's entertainment value.


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Re: Zen/Buddhist films

Postby partofit22 on Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:43 pm

i heart huckabees? groundhog day?


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oh ... i see you have groundhog day ... lol ... sorry
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Re: Zen/Buddhist films

Postby partofit22 on Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:52 pm

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Re: Zen/Buddhist films

Postby Inside_the_whale on Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:05 pm

And - to some extent - Ghost Dog, the Way of the Samurai :)

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Re: Zen/Buddhist films

Postby fukasetsu on Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:15 am

AlasdairGF wrote:Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)


This is by far the best one on your list,
some of the others are oke.
Zen (2011) (The one about Dogen)

I think you mean the 2009 one, it is about the life of Dogen
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1156470/
it was a nice attempt but nothing comes close to the spring, summer, etc movie.

Two movies "shouldn't" be missed IMO

the fountain (2006)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0414993/

Jacob's ladder (1990)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099871/

edit; I also see samsara is missing from the list
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0196069/
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Re: Zen/Buddhist films

Postby sunyavadi on Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:46 am

I have heard good reports of Yogis of Tibet which has now been released, or escaped, onto Youtube.
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Re: Zen/Buddhist films

Postby littletsu on Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:22 pm

Also see Korean director Kwon Taek-Im's two movies that deal with Zen Buddhists:

Aje Aje Bara Aje (Come, Come, Come Upward)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096778/

Mandala
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082704/

His movies are pretty deep and meaningful, I would say some of the best dramas I have seen in this departure.
I shall check in the future whether there are more of his movies that deal with Buddhism...
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Re: Zen/Buddhist films

Postby AlasdairGF on Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:06 pm

Thanks all for the suggestions, I have passed them on. I suspect some might not be easy to get hold of, so thanks too for the challenge!
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Re: Zen/Buddhist films

Postby unsui on Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:31 pm

We ran a Dharma Film Club some years back - and ended up really stretching boundaries. We included such films as have been mentioned + Cave in the Snow, Matrix - and some others that I can't remember right now. The most exciting discussions we had after viewing came from films like Groundhog Day and Matrix, simply because they were so unintentionally dealing with identifiably Buddhist stuff.

Also: Crazy Wisdom and Words of My Perfect Teacher are goodies. I truly enjoyed the latter, rolling on the floor, laughing!

Here's a link you might be able to use: http://asiasociety.org/hong-kong/international-buddhist-film-festival-2012-hong-kong
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Re: Zen/Buddhist films

Postby Zendudest on Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:06 pm

I found 'Tree of Life' --especially the end--to resonate with Blue Cliff Record # 29

A monastic asked Dasui, “The conflagration at the end of the eon sweeps through and the universe is totally destroyed. I wonder, is this one destroyed or not?”

Dasui said, “It is destroyed.”

The monastic said, “If so, then this goes along with it.”

Dasui said, “It goes along with it.”


I link to a commentary: http://mro.org/zmm/teachings/shugen/shugen37.php
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Re: Zen/Buddhist films

Postby another_being on Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:27 pm

^Good call on Tree of Life. There's another movie called The Way Home (2002) that would be a good choice. It's a South Korean film with little dialog.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0312841/
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Re: Zen/Buddhist films

Postby Oushi on Fri Jun 29, 2012 2:38 pm

I found The Color of Pomegranates very Zen movie.
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Re: Zen/Buddhist films

Postby Bup Mee on Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:51 pm

Hello All,

I've been working on a personal project for the past 2 years to index and compile a database of Buddhist/Dharma relevant films some of you may be interested in. I have named it the "Buddhist Film Collection" (BFC)

As of now, I have 240 films in the collection spanning several genres, languages, topics and traditions.

Please check it out here and I hope it proves to be useful.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/99436396/DVD- ... al-Blend-8

I would also love to hear any feedback or impressions you may have!

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Re: Zen/Buddhist films

Postby unsui on Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:23 pm

Bup Mee wrote:Hello All,

I've been working on a personal project for the past 2 years to index and compile a database of Buddhist/Dharma relevant films some of you may be interested in. I have named it the "Buddhist Film Collection" (BFC)

As of now, I have 240 films in the collection spanning several genres, languages, topics and traditions.

Please check it out here and I hope it proves to be useful.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/99436396/DVD- ... al-Blend-8

I would also love to hear any feedback or impressions you may have!

Hapjang,

Bup Mee


Wow, thank-you very much!
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Re: Zen/Buddhist films

Postby littletsu on Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:31 am

Amazing!

I am impressed by the numbers already:)
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Re: Zen/Buddhist films

Postby Gregory Wonderwheel on Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:59 am

fukasetsu wrote:Jacob's ladder (1990)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099871/


I too include Jacob's Ladder in my list of Dharma films though doing so may confuse people. The film has nothing overtly Buddhist about it and appears to be a horror story, but it tells a story of the Bardo Realm and of how our perspective makes the difference between perceiving demons or Bodhisattvas.

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