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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 6:05 pm    Post subject: Artifacts documentaries Reply with quote
Hey guys
Just from seeing how many of you enjoyed the BBC's Ieyasu documentary, I thought you might also enjoy a discovery channel series called Artifacts. Its not as 'dramatic' as Ieyasu, but I certainly found them to be quite entertaining. They focus on Japanese and Chinese art (sorta). May I suggest not watching 'soul of the samurai' first, as I found the Chinese related ones (a topic I know less about) to be more interesting.
Anyway there's 6 in total:

A brush with wisdom: (Chinese calligraphy and paintings)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHo-8kimWiU&feature=PlayList&p=3072ABF1B523560C&index=0

Mystery of Porcelain:
http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/CRq-0ipILFs/

Sacred Spaces: (Chinese architecture)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SieZRK2HOYc&feature=PlayList&p=3072ABF1B523560C&index=12

Silk: The Thread Connecting East and West
http://video.google.com.au/videoplay?docid=-8811538705901469866&ei=GQ07SvXrF47qqAO4-uWUCg&q=silk+&hl=en

Prints of the Floating (Japanese woodblock prints)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Gd0NoZUi2w&feature=PlayList&p=3072ABF1B523560C&index=20

Soul of the samurai
http://video.google.com.au/videoplay?docid=1904491468220255450&ei=Qg07Squ5HpiGqQPw-uyZCg&q=soul+samurai&hl=en
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks for the links!

This looks quite interesting. Granted, there's something about the style that feels a bit too... how to describe it... too "popular interest" and not serious, professional, and scholarly.

But that's alright. From the few minutes I've watched of the ukiyo-e one, it seems not only correct, accurate, but also containing facts not normally covered in a basic understanding of the subject. Fine reenactments, etc.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Yeah it is a bit popular interest. You guys will cringe when he starts talking about Nobunaga and Ieyasu in soul of the samurai, which is why Ide recommend you watch it last. They're still very enjoyable though. Im glad you liked the ukiyo-e one, but I actually thought that one was the most boring of the set, so watch the Chinese ones!
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