SUN 18 SEP | 10:30am / Singapore Premiere
NC16 (Some mature content)
Japanese with English subtitle
Director: Fujiro Mitsuishi
There will be a post-screening discussion with a film representative
How many people can really say they know the man and not just the religious giant he is?
In this documentary you will meet the Dalai Lama as you have never seen him before. The camera goes into the areas of his life that were only accessible to his staff. What you will see through the camera lens is a person relaxing with his glasses off while sipping tea. You will see a monk reading his prayer books and going over the daily assignments. You will meet the Dalai Lama up close and personal. The documentary reveals the Dalai Lama’s agonising and difficult path as well as the essence of the Tibetan issues.
Fujiro Mitsuishi graduated from Nihon University, majoring in Literature and Science. While he was working as an assistant director in films and TV dramas, he was influenced by outstanding directors such as Ryuchi Hiroki and Tasumi Kumashiro. His fourth directorial work Ogya (2002) received the Netpack Award at the Hawaii International Film Festival and his seventh film Osaka Hamlet (2008) received special mention at the Tokyo International Film Festival. He writes scripts, novels, poems and stories for manga. The Dalai Lama the 14th –- The World Champion of Peace is his first documentary film.
Photographer Taikan Usui life’s work was on capturing the faces of those who contribute to peace in the world. In 2007, Taikan received a request from the Office of the Dalai Lama in Japan for him to video record the Buddhist monk’s visit to Japan in November. From then on, Taikan and his son, photographer Kazuyoshi Usui, filmed the Dalai Lama during all his visits to Japan.
Kazuyoshi felt that the people of Japan, who were, in his opinion, materially satisfied but spiritually dissatisfied, would benefit from the Dalai Lama’s wisdom. He thus conceived the idea of randomly asking people on the streets to pose questions to the Dalai Lama, who in turn would respond with his answers. A documentary in the video letter format of questions and answers was thus created.