I've never seen Eureka, but I want to. 2/Duo has been on my radar for years. It looks amazing, I hope I can get around to it soon. I did love Tampopo, though.... That sounds cool, send me a link. On another note, you are a Nicolas Roeg fan right? I just watched his Eureka and it is some kind of masterpiece. Have you seen it? Thoughts?
That is brilliant news! I haven't got around to watching Mental yet, but hopefully will tonight. Yes, I definitely agree, from Campaign alone, that Soda's work is far more personal. After all, the man he follows in Campaign was a friend from his school days. Campaign is, whether intentionally or not, a damning indictment on the nature of 'democracy', but there's a lot more to the film. There's a few scenes during the film that are so intimate and express so much that you struggle to believe that you're watching a documentary. He must be a special kind of person to capture some of the moments he does in Campaign and Mental by the sounds of it. I'm glad you enjoy his work, not that I doubted that you would to be honest :)
That moron doesn't really get sarcasm, so he might misunderstand what you wrote about Lubitsch. Tread cautiously is what I'm trying to say.
That is what was fascinating in the end the only sense of enlightenment came through someone else along with his or Ji-San's purity and karma. He made the choice to visit his mother in a way because it was somewhere he can go and be seen as a "real" monk. Also he was made to understand the value of experience via Ji-San but was never made fully aware of Ji-San's own spiritual misfortune and sins. What I saw in his mother was a shattering sense of duality he could not be one with her. So a for a film that I say let me connect with buddhism the world we are faced with in the end and throughout the film does not deal with karma outside the monastery outside of meditation like the bird in the bottle they cannot take it out, think of the implications. The ending was baffling it made me believe that his search was inherently futile because no ordinary Monk could achieve nirvana and be like buddha so where does that leave any ordinary person. What were your thoughts on the carved, different face of buddha? this was very interesting.