MASTER SHENG YEN
本来面目

SINGAPORE PREMIERE

SAT 5 SEP | 1:00pm

TAIWAN 台湾

105 mins

PG: Some Brief Coarse Language
少许粗俗语言

Mandarin and English with English and Chinese subtitles
华语、英语对白附中、英文字幕

Directed by CHANG Chao-wei
导演:张钊维

*There will be a post-screening discussion with the film director at the end of the Premiere

**After the Premiere, the film continues to be available for online viewing until 13 September 2020, 11:59pm.

SYNOPSIS

In the 1940s, as the fate of the Chinese people and the dignity of Chinese Buddhism fell into the nadir, a 14-year-old boy was ordained to be a Buddhist monk in Jiangsu Province, China. Since then he has embarked on a journey to pursue and spread the Dharma for nearly 70 years.

Master Sheng Yen cultivated himself between the Buddhist masters before him and his baby-boomer disciples, between the advanced West and the East that was running to catch up, between the gradually sophisticated secular world and the slowly weakened religious faith, and between life and death.

In the meantime, the course of his life also oscillated between conflicts and reconciliations, between tradition and innovation, between past and future, and between taking on and letting go. Instead of a propagandist style seen in conventional religious films, MASTER SHENG YEN tries to present the master’s unordinary life with a straightforward, honest and ordinary attitude, and this is exactly the sentiment that today’s world needs to embrace and say, “Thus I have heard.”

1940年代,在中国民族命运、人的尊严以及佛教尊严都跌落谷底的时刻,一个十四岁的男孩在江苏南通出家,从此,他展开了将近七十年不曾休止的求法与传法过程,同时,也是追寻生命与信仰尊严归向的过程。

圣严法师的人间修行旅程,在民初长老与婴儿潮弟子之间,在进步的西方与追赶的东方之间,在日渐世俗的凡尘与日渐稀薄的信仰之间,在肉体的诞生与死亡之间。

与此同时,他的人生历程也在冲突与和解、传承与创新、过去与未来、放下与提起之间。 《本来面目》跳脱传统宗教影片的宣教风格,以平视、平实、平常心的态度,来面对圣严法师不平凡的一生,这恰恰是属于当前时代所需的一种「如是我闻」。

DIRECTOR'S BIO 关于导演

CHANG Chao-wei, from Tainan, Taiwan, used to work as an editor of Pots Weekly, editor-in-chief of South Newsletter, contributing playwright/director of PTS TW, producer of The Moving Visuals Singapore, and head of documentary center, Sun TV HK. In 2006 Chao-wei co-founded CNEX and has since been the group’s Chief Producer. Chao-wei is also currently the Chief Content Adviser of Visible Influence Pictures Beijing. His published writings include Who Are Singing Their Own Songs Over There: History of Taiwan Modern Folk Song Movements in the 1970s, Shuttling Milankun, and The Fulcrum of Reality.

张钊维,台南市人。曾任破周报编辑、南方电子报主编、公共电视特约编导、新加坡运行视觉制片人、香港阳光卫视纪录片总监。 2006年参与创办CNEX,担任制作总监迄今。目前亦兼任北京视袭影视首席内容顾问。文字作品包括《谁在那边唱自己的歌──1970年代台湾现代民歌运动史》、《穿梭米兰昆》、《真实的支点》。

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

MASTER SHENG YEN is the most difficult documentary film I’ve ever made. The difficulty lay not in the process of research and production but in its demand for the director’s self-cultivation, which was much higher than those of any other films in the past.

I was familiar with handling historical materials. This time, however, the film focuses not just on the real stories. I had to try showing a sense of spiritual transcendence that goes beyond this world and this life.

To me, Master Sheng Yen was an intellectual but saw further than general intellectuals. In light of the outer world, he pursued the revival of both individual and collective dignity. For his inner self, he always retained the innate authenticity he had developed since a young age.

Master Sheng Yen’s life has inspired me to see that when we can keep our authenticity in the inner cosmos while pursuing the ultimate dignity of the outer cosmos, we give ourselves the possibility to show our original face.

It is my hope that such a realisation be shared with all.

《本来面目》是迄今为止,我做过最难的纪实影片。难处还不在调研与制片过程,而是,它对我做为导演自身修为的要求,比过去任何影片都来得高。

首先,过去我娴熟于处理历史题材,然而这一次,并不只是讲一些曾经发生的现实故事而已,还必须能够让影片透露出超越现世此生的精神况味。

对我来说,圣严法师是一个知识分子,但是又超出一般知识分子的格局;到晚年,他是一个创业家,更是一个宗教家。是什么力量支持他在生命与时代的长河中,像小鸭子一样,在各种好坏因缘的助力之下,不断往前游?就外在大环境来说,他在追求个体的,同时也是整体的,尊严的复归;就内在心性而言,他始终保持从小就有的率真,至死不渝。

因此,圣严法师的一生给我的启示就是,当我们能够不忘记内在小宇宙的率真,也能够去追问外在大宇宙的究竟尊严时,那个本来面目,就有了展现的可能。

愿以此体会,与有缘众生分享。

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