Skip to main content

Ma: Space/Time in the Garden of Ryoan-Ji

USA / Japan, 1990 (MIFF 1990, Experimental)

Director: Taka Iimura

The early sixteenth-century Japanese garden in the Zen temple of Ryoan-ji, in Kyoto, is considered a masterpiece of the Karesansui or "dry landscape" style. Slow-moving images of the garden are intercut with readings from a text by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, accompanied by a music track composed for the film by Takehisa Kosugi.

See also...

Anemone Me

Lauded young New York playwright Suzan-Lori Parks wrote and directed this allegorical mood piece about a blind bodybuilder and the handsome merman that inhabits the ocean near his African American ... More »

Transportations

"To be carried from one place to another, to be affected by strong emotion, to be sent to a penal colony". By definition this is the territory which Transportations explores. The dizzy heights and ... More »

Personal City

Singularly weird depiction of an urban nightmare initiated from a corporate toilet cubicle. A slick production that incorporates sophisticated film techniques with elements of performance art. (S.C.) ... More »

Skin

Obsessed with bodily matters, this is a sensual and eerie fake documentary about women with AIDS directed with visual verve by Colin Campbell. ... More »

Sally's Beauty Spot

Centred around a large, black mole, Sally's Beauty Spot ruminates on the notion of blackness. Obsessed with the blemish on her body, Sally (the filmmaker's sister) tries scrubbing, washing and hiding ... More »

Short of Breath

Sequences from TV shows, operating theatres and old movie are combined and altered to create new narratives. Cinema of the absurd skillfully crafted from found footage. (S.C.) ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director