Bone, Flesh, Skin THE MAKING OF JAPANESE LACQUER

Produced in cooperation with the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Remastered by The Science Film Museum.

1987 color 15mins

Awards

Cine Golden Eagle Award.
Silver Plaque Award, Intercom/Chicago International Film Festival. Gold Award,
San Mateo Fine Arts/Film Competition. First Place,
Marin County Film Competition. Asian Cine Vision/ Asian American International Film Festival.

Abstract

A documentary film about the traditional Japanese art of Lacquer making, developed over the last 7,000 years. Japanese lacquer conveys images of shimmering gold, sumptuous surfaces, and delicate designs. The creation of lacquer ware involves a long laborious process. Beneath the exquisite surface (the “skin”) are many layers of applied lacquer sap (the “flesh”); below the “flesh” is the paper-thin wooden core (the “bone”). Bone, Flesh, Skin provides a detailed overview of this lacquer making process with painstaking care and patience.

Staff

Directed by Toshi Washizu.
Produced by Toshi Washizu, So Kam Inn, Richard Mellott.
Cinematography Don Starnes.
Music by Jamie Kibben.
Narration Kenna Hunt. Voice Wood Moy.
Written by Toshi Washizu, Jamie Kibben.
Edited by Toshi Washizu. Distributed by Washizu Films.

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