The Book of the Dead(Movie, 2005)

Original title: "死者の書" (Japanese/JA)
The Book of the DeadRating: 3.2/5 (with 22 votes)
The Book of the Dead (死者の書, Shisha no Sho, also known as "The Book of a Dead Person") is a 2005 Japanese historical Buddhist stop motion animation feature film directed by Kihachirō Kawamoto. It is about the legend of Chūjō-hime who translated some of the significant Pure Land sutras from Chinese to Japanese, and is said to have witnessed weaving of Taima mandala by Amitabha Buddha himself & his attendants from lotus stems. It is his second feature film, the first being the Rennyo and His Mother (1981) and is based on the novel of the same name by Shinobu Orikuchi. It appeared in a couple of film festivals in 2005 before going into wide release in Japan on 11 February 2006 and has since won several awards at international animation festivals. It was shown in cinemas across the United Kingdom in the spring of 2008 as part of Kawamoto: The Puppet Master, a touring season of the Watershed Media Centre,[1] and was released on DVD-Video in North America on 22 April 2008. ()
Movie poster of The Book of the Dead

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About The Book of the Dead

A sheltered aristocratic woman in feudal Japan, bored and unfamiliar with the world outside her estate, passes the time copying a special Buddhist sutra sent by her father who has been absent on official business for years. While gazing out her window one late afternoon, the setting sun creates a vision of a holy figure in the distant mountains.

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Additional Information

Production country: Japan
Original language: Japanese (JA)
Spoken languages: Japanese (JA)
Translated into 3 languages: English (EN), Spanish (ES), Chinese (Mandarin) (ZH)
Status: Released
Release date US: 10/21/2006 (World premiere: 07/01/2005)
Screenwriter: Shinobu Orikuchi
Composer: Ryōhei Hirose
Alternative titles in other countries (from previews, ads etc.):
"Shisha no sho"
WatchPlayStream ID: MOVIES:117093, Added: 03/22/2018, Last updated: 02/21/2021