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The Tranquillity of Shadows

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Uploaded on Jun 8, 2007

The first animation of the 'In the Shadow of Leaves' series, consisting of short theatrical productions based on the teachings of Hagakure, the Book of the Samurai by Yamamoto Tsunetomo.

The series deals with many of the samurai's beliefs and ideals on how to live a good life and how to treat those around you, but updated to be relevant to modern times and issues.

The animation is styled in the mode of shadow puppet theatre, keeping the authenticity of the traditional art form alive while also utilising modern digital technology to enhance the performance. 17th and 18th century Japanese wood block print imagery is also used to create a truly oriental experience and ambiance throughout.

This episode is based on William Scott Wilson's translated version, page 22, second quote.

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