Zen and Bones

  • Thursday, May 31, 17:00 Naxoshalle Kino
  • 禅と骨
    Zen to hone
  • Japan 2016, Blu-ray, 126 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • Director: Takayuki NAKAMURA
  • Production: Daijobu, Hito Hito Films
  • Camera: Kensuke NAKAZAWA
  • World sales: Hito Hito Films
  • European premiere in the presence of the director and of the producer Kaizo HAYASHI


Given his tumultuous biography, one cannot expect Henry Mittwer to spend his last days in peace at a temple, even if he actually is a Zen monk. Born in Yokohama as a son to a Japanese mother and an American father, he was detained in segregation camps in the US during WWII, then returned to Japan and joined the monastery. Takayuki NAKAMURA has discovered a truly fascinating protagonist for this documentary film.

Director's Bio
Born in Yokohama in 1975, Takayuki NAKAMURA started his career in 1997 as an assistant director at Shochiku’s Ofuna studios. From 1999 to 2001, he studied at the Beijing Film Academy. After returning to Japan, he worked with Chinese filmmaker Ying LI. YOKOHAMA MARY (2005) was his theatrical debut film as director. He currently teaches at the Japan Institute of the Moving Image.

2005 Yokohama Mary (NC ’07)

Kindly supported by The City of Yokohama Frankfurt Representative Office and the Referat für Internationale Angelegenheiten der Stadt Frankfurt at Main

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