Japan/Germany 2016, 43 min., in Japanese with English subtitles
This documentary film introduces the core ideas and the history of the so-called Kyoto School, an open network
of 20th century Japanese thinkers representing an encounter between Zen Buddhism and Western philosophy,
with some of them having studied in Germany with Martin Heidegger, whose son speaks in the film. The main protagonist is 90-year-old Shizuteru Ueda, the last living representative of the original Kyoto School movement.
“Beautifully done documentary film… Good discussions of its basic concepts concerning nothingness, language, experience, place, subject-predicate, relationship with Heidegger, Zen."
John W.M. Krummel, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, New York, USA,
member of the Board of Directors at Journal of Japanese Philosophy
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A short version of the film (20 min.) premiered at the London
Raindance International Film Festival 2015 (Official Selection).