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The Birth of Saké - Passionate Sake-Makers Keep Tradition Alive
In a world where most mass-produced goods are heavily automated, a small group of manual laborers must brave unusual working conditions to preserve a 2000-year- old tradition that we have come to know as sake. THE BIRTH OF SAKE is…
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness - A Year with the Brilliant Minds at Studio Ghibli
The birthplace of classic anime films such as Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke , Studio Ghibli occupies a near legendary position in film history. Granted unfettered access to the notoriously insular studio, this revealing documentary follows the three…
Love & Sex in Japan
In the Land of the Rising Sun, love and relationships are in danger. A quarter of all Japanese people aged 30 to 40 are virgins and 50% of the population admits to not having sex regularly. Unsurprisingly, this has led…
The Zen Mind
A travelogue across the breadth of Japan to explore the practice of modern day zen. We will take you from the bustle of rush-hour Tokyo to the tranquil mountains of Kyoto. From zen centers hidden among skyscrpaers to the zendo…
Coolies, Sailors, Settlers - Voyage to the New World
Part of the Series: Ancestors in the Americas
Explores how people from the Philippines, China and India first arrived on the shores of North and South America, their survival amid harsh conditions, re-migrations and settlement in the Americas. The film travels across oceans and centuries of time to…
Chinese in the Frontier West - An American Story
Part of the Series: Ancestors in the Americas
This film documents the large-scale migration of Chinese to California during the Gold Rush of the 1850s and the central role that these immigrants played in developing the American West by building the first Transcontinental Railroad and transforming California into…
The Empty Mind - Martial Arts and Mental Connection
Over two years in the making, this is an epic account of today's greatest martial arts teachers and the mind connection that exists between them regardless of their very diverse styles. Professionally filmed in Japan and China, it profiles practitioners…
The Japanese Version
The Japanese Version goes beyond the stereotypical images of Japan that are too often presented to Americans, and asks the questions: What happens to Western cultural ideas and objects when they are placed in a new setting? How have the…
Nuclear Meltdown Disaster - Inside the Fukushima Crisis
Part of the Series: NOVA
PBS
Four years after one of history's worst nuclear accidents, NOVA reveals the minute-by-minute story of the Fukushima nuclear crisis and its ongoing aftermath, told by the brave workers who stayed behind as an earthquake and tsunami crippled the plant.
Wa-shoku - Beyond Sushi - Spreading Japanese Culture & Cuisine Throughout the World
Beginning with sushi, Japanese cuisine is familiar all over the world today. At Japanese restaurants, you can see people, regardless of their ethnicity, enjoying this food culture. There is a passionate story behind the men and women who dedicated their…
The Great Japanese Retirement
BBC
In a world where people panic about the rising global population, Japan is facing a very different future which could see their population shrink by a third in just 40 years. One reason is that the Japanese are not having…
The Original The Preschool in Three Cultures
Part of the Series: Preschool in Three Cultures Collection
The Preschool in Three Cultures features typical days at Komatsudani Hoikuen in Kyoto, Japan; Dong Feng (Daguan) Youeryuan in Kunming, China; and St. Timothy's Child Center in Honolulu, U.S. This video was made from the original research videotape shot in…
Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974 - Portrait of a Feminist in 1970's Japan
In this taboo-smashing documentary by Kazuo Hara, the filmmaker turns his camera on his former lover, Miyuki Takeda. The strong-willed woman -- crusading feminist, bisexual, mother of an interracial baby with an African-American GI -- was a maverick figure, particularly…
Arakimentari
"I wish I was a god with a thousand arms, each one with a camera." So says Nobuyoshi Araki, who with more than 350 photo books stakes the claim as the most published photographer in the world. While his work…
A Dedicated Life (Zenshin Shosetsuka) - Portrait of Japanese Author Mitsuharu Inoue
Venerated filmmaker Kazou Hara trains his lens on author Mitsuharu Inoue whose sociopolitical novel Chi No Mure (Apart From Life) earned high praise from literary critics. This compelling documentary follows the author as he copes with terminal cancer. From Inoue's…
Moon Shadow - Eclipse Chasers
Eclipse chasers gather on tropical island Amami Japan for the total eclipse in 2009. A music festival that combines DJs, bands, and Japanese pop with traditional Amami culture.
Japanese Tales of Purity and Defilement
Episode 6 of Great Mythologies of the World Course 4 - Asia and the Pacific
Prepare yourself for stories of decaying goddesses, befouled maidens from the underworld, deities emerging from a parent's dirty nostrils, and the contamination of the gods' most sacred spaces with divine excrement. The mythology of this culture, which prizes purity and…
Tokyo Techno Tribes - Japanese Cyber Youth Culture
An informative documentary about contemporary urban life in the most technologically refined city in the world. Cyber youth cultures have developed through the imaginative and novel use of technology in the various media: music, art, pop, manga and fashion. Underlying…
Summer on The Frontline
When the great earthquake of 2012 destroys his high school's filmmaking equipment, Keisuke, 15, looks forward to a dull summer. Luckily a man who lives in a small Chinese village has unexpectedly donated new equipment along with an invitation to…
The Emperor's Eye - Art and Power in Imperial China
"Interweaving the history and culture of the time, this fine documentary presents traditional Chinese art for those who cannot visit in person." - Booklist "Recommended highly for high school, college and university levels as well as for public library and…