Now available: Special Edition DVD restored high definition master from the original negative.
Bonus features include:
- a documentary on the filming in Onda and Koishibara in 1976
- behind-the-scenes slideshows on the potters, their work and the filming
The viewer becomes a witness, not to an investigation of the ways
of clay within a primitive society, but rather to the ways of pageantry
within the commonplace. "
" Silence, time, patience, concentration; four elements elevate
the ritual of art to the transcendent. Their convergence attains
here the pinnacle of documentary art."
Vie des Arts
" ... a vision of creativity radically different from Western
concepts of art-making."
" ...complex in its direct simplicity, and as a result, extraordinarily
Mainichi Daily News
" We have the process and we are one with it. In conception
and montage the film allows us no alternative .... aurally we have
no tradition in this genre...sound on sound was never like this...Care
and expertise in a complex art (filmmaking) make it seem so simple."
"This brief documentary about Japanese artisans merits summation as eloquent."
New York Times - More
Filmed in the traditional pottery making villages, Onda
and Koishibara on the island of Kyushu
in Southern Japan. The film presents the workshops of Shigeki
Sakamoto in Onda and Kumao Ohta in Koishibara.
An multi-award winning film, broadcast on PBS and around the world.
Famed British Potter Bernard Leach worked Onda and visited Koishibara in 1953 and wrote extensively about both villages in his renowned book, A Potter in Japan, 1960.
Useful links for those interested in the pottery craft.
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