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Fancy Dance (1989)

Fanshî dansu (original title)
Yohei, a punk rocker, has to become a Buddhist monk in order to inherit a mountain temple. Yohei though initially rebelling against the tough monastic discipline learns to adjust. Then his ... See full summary »

Director:

Masayuki Suo

Writers:

Reiko Okano (comic book), Masayuki Suo
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Cast

Credited cast:
Masahiro Motoki ... Yohei Shiono
Honami Suzuki Honami Suzuki ... Masoho Akashi
Ken Ohsawa Ken Ohsawa ... Ikuo Shiono (as Ken Osawa)
Hikomaro Hikomaro ... Eishun Sasaki
Hiromasa Taguchi Hiromasa Taguchi ... Chinrai Shinada
Kazuo Chikada Kazuo Chikada ... Jian
Paul Silverman Paul Silverman ... Yosei
Yu Tokui Yu Tokui ... Senior monk
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yoshikazu Ebisu Yoshikazu Ebisu ... Masoho's colleague
Akira Emoto Akira Emoto ... Masoho's boss
Eri Fuse ... Masuho's colleague
Hisako Hara Hisako Hara ... O-baasan
Yuriko Hirooka Yuriko Hirooka ... Madonna
Masanori Irie Masanori Irie ... Ichiyu
Michiko Kawai Michiko Kawai ... Reporter
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Storyline

Yohei, a punk rocker, has to become a Buddhist monk in order to inherit a mountain temple. Yohei though initially rebelling against the tough monastic discipline learns to adjust. Then his girlfriend shows up, enticing him to return to his rock 'n' roll roots. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Comedy

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

23 December 1989 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Manic Zen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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the real koan
11 March 2005 | by unmeiwaSee all my reviews

Zen Buddhism is famous for koans, or paradoxical riddles or cases. The koan in this film is: how can Zen monks successfully adapt an age-old tradition to modern life?

How do modern-day monks compare to the religious ideals? rigidity of monastery?

some things that recommend this film: - fancy dances, see impressive Zen rituals - human portrayal of entrants into the monastery - COMEDY: fat monk Chinran, 80s office lady girlfriend who acts cute but takes charge, singing rock-star monk, senile Zen master - wry cinematography

You'd be better off watching this film if you've background knowledge of the Japanese monastic institution. The film doesn't explain much of the context.


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