Ogatsu – Revival of the Houin Kagura Tradition –
Ogatsu is the place that a legendary warlord of the Azuchi-Momoyama and Edo periods (late 16C - early 17C) Date Masamune loved. Inherited from 600 years ago, Ogatsu Houin Kagura is the valuable Nationally-designated Intangible Cultural Heritage which was originally brought by a 'shugensha', Buddhist priest who trains himself by enduring ascetic practices. In March 2011, tsunami caused by a massive earchquake washed away not only stores and houses but also kagura masks and costumes used for the Houin Kagura. In order to respond to local people's wishes and hopes, a support project for the revival of the Houin Kagura started. Following the Kagura performance and the festival, this documentary depicts Japanese people's way of life, attitude toward nature, and their inner spirits being with the God. This is a documentary to rediscover Japan.
|Title in English||Ogatsu – Revival of the Houin Kagura Tradition –|
|Title in Original Language||雄勝 ～法印神楽の復興|
|Director's Bio/Filmography||Macoto TEZKA (TZK) is a “Visualist”, Born in 1961.
Began film making while in high school. Known as a successful creator in various fields including directing film, TV, commercial ads, PV and writer.
Director of a feature length film “Hakuchi: the innocent-(1999)”. Over 10 years the film has been in development. Won many film awards, including the Digital award at the Venice International Film Festival.Director of TV animation “Black Jack (2004)” ; Tokyo Anime Award winning film at the Tokyo International Anime Fair. As the son of famous Osamu TEZUKA, TZK planned and produced “The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum”, the “Osamu TEZUKA exhibition” at Edo-Tokyo Museum” and the official website of Tezuka Production co, ltd. Author of “the real face of Father Osamu TEZUKA” (2012, Shinchosha Publishing) and “Trance. Ihaiyama- Kitan” (2013, Takeshobo) etc.. Held his first photo exhibition “BOX in BOX (2014)”.
|Year of Completion||2012|
|Nationality of the Film||Japan|
|Running Time||60 min.|
|Aspect Ratio||Video: 16：9|
|Shooting Locations||Ishinomaki City, Miyagi|
|Shooting Dates/Periods||April - May 2012|
|Names of Characters||Ogatsu Houin Kagura Hozonkai (Ogatsu Houin Kagura Preservation Society)|
|Language of Commentary and Dialogue||Japanese,English,|
|Date of First Public Screening||2012/11/10|
|Place of First Public Screening (Country)||Japan|
|Date of First Public Screening in Japan||2012/11/10|
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Script: Tezuka Makoto |
Photography: Yamada Takenori, Higashino Ryo, Kitamura Minao, Totani Kengo
Editing: Tezuka Makoto
Sound: Kuroki Teiji, Kawai Masaki
Music: Matsuoka Masanaga
|Producer||National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan|
|Distributor / Distribution Company||National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan|
|Official Website for the Film|
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|Screenings at the Past YIDFF Programs and Events||None|