Thursday, October 25, 2007

Pachinko, Ozu, and mu

Here's a wonderful clip from the film Tokyo-Ga, in which Wim Wender documents his trip to Japan to explore the world of legendary Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu.

This clip features pachinko. It has no narration or dialog, and none is needed: It shows pachinko afficionados in a trancelike state of mu (nothingness) before their pachinko machines. Fascinating—and a little sad at the same time.

The character for mu (無) is also the lone epitaph on Ozu's gravestone.

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