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Encyclopedia > The Book of the Dead (film)
The Book of the Dead

Japanese poster
Directed by Kihachiro Kawamoto
Produced by Sakura Motion Pictures co. Ltd.
Written by Shinobu Origuchi (story)
Starring Kyôko Kishida
Tetsuko Kuroyanagi
Rie Miyazawa
Music by Ryohei Hirose
Cinematography Minoru Tamura
Kunihiko Itami
Release date(s) July 8, 2005 (Japan)
Running time 70 min
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Preceded by Rennyo and His Mother
IMDb profile
Screenshot from the film

The Book of the Dead (Japanese: Shisha no sho) is a 2005 stop motion-animated feature film directed by Kihachiro Kawamoto. It is only his second feature film - the first was Rennyo and His Mother, made in 1981. It appeared in a couple of film festivals in 2005 before going into wide release in Japan on February 11, 2006, and since then has won several awards at international animation festivals. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Kyōko Kishida ) (April 29, 1930 – December 17, 2006) was a Japanese actress, voice actress, and writer of childrens books. ... Tetsuko Kuroyanagi (黒柳徹子 Kuroyanagi Tetsuko, born August 9, 1933 in Tokyo) is a well-known Japanese TV personality. ... Rie Miyazawa (Miyazawa Rie, 宮沢りえ, born April 6, 1973) is an actress and singer. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Stop motion is an animation technique which makes things that are static appear to be moving. ... Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... A reel of film, which predates digital cinematography. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2005. ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing...

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Plot

The film is based on a tale from the Japanese Nara period set around 750 CE, the era when Buddhism was being introduced from China. The Nara period ) of the history of Japan covers the years from about AD 710 to 784. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ...


Iratsume, a young woman from a noble house, becomes obsessed with the new religion and spends much of her time hand-copying the sutras, trying to understand the teachings of the Buddha. Then, one evening, after copying a thousand pages of sutras, she sees a radiant figure looking not unlike Buddha floating above a distant mountain. She follows him out of her house, up the foot of the mountain and arrives at a temple that women are forbidden to enter. There she realises that the figure is not Buddha, but the soul of the executed prince Otsu which wanders in torment between this world and the next. When princess Iratsume and Otsu's soul encounter, they feel compelled to unite. They forge a bond, bringing comfort and peace to each other – a bond that allows the prince Otsu's soul to find rest. The film follows the Japanese teaching that came from Buddhism: that no matter who they are, friends or foes, the souls of the dead need to be relieved. Kawamoto has said that the film is dedicated to all the innocent people who have died in recent wars. SÅ«tra (sex) (Sanskrit) or Sutta (Pāli) literally means a rope or thread that holds things together, and more metaphorically refers to an aphorism (or line, rule, formula), or a collection of such aphorisms in the form of a manual. ... Media:Example. ...


Awards

Notes

Acclaimed Russian animator and director Yuriy Norshteyn was invited to work on the film as a "guest animator". [1] Yuriy Norshteyn Yuriy Borisovich Norshteyn (Russian: ), or Yuri Norstein or Yuri Norshtein (born September 15, 1941) is an award-winning Russian animator most known for his animated short Tale of Tales. ...


See also

This is a list of animated feature-length films from around the world organised chronologically by year; theatrical releases as well as made-for-TV and direct-to-video movies. ... This is a list of stop-motion films from around the world organised in order of release date; theatrical releases as well as made-for-TV and direct-to-video movies. ...

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