Kochuu – a documentary about Japanese architecture, its influence & origin.

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”A gentle, beautiful film that lingers over images of gardens and details of buildings. The Age

”Unhurried and often beautiful. It draws the watcher in. Mesmerising! The Australian

”A film about architecture could leave a forebrain stifled. That KOCHUU does nothing of the kind speaks to the iridescence of its light, shapes and colors, as well as its profusion and juxtaposition of ideas. Asian Weekly


A film about modern Japanese architecture, its roots in the Japanese tradition and its impact on the Nordic building-tradition. Winding its way through visions of the future, traditions, nature, concrete, gardens and high-tech, KOCHUU tells us how contemporary Japanese architects strive to unite the ways of modern man with the old philosophies in astounding constructions. Interviews with, and works by, Japanese architects Tadad Ando, Kisho Kurokawa, Toyo Ito and Kazuo Shinohara and Scandinavian architects Sverre Fehn, Kristian Gullichsen and Juhani Pallasmaa.


Duration 52min.
Director Jesper Wachtmeister
Producer Jesper Wachtmeister
Co-Producer Jonas Kellagher
© Solaris Filmproduktion & SVT AB 2003
Distribution Icarus Films, DR TV International Sales, TWIN Co. Ltd.


SVT, NRK, YLE, Al-Jazeera, DCCV TV, ERT Digital Greece, TV Kultura, Metropolis Television Inc Taiwan.


Architects Prize – International Film Festival of Documentaries on Architecture in Košice 2004
National Gallery, Washington D.C. USA, 2005
Adelaide Filmfestival, Australia 2005
Melbourne International Film Festival 2004
Embassy of Sweden, USA, 2007
Centrum Architectury, Czech Republic 2008
Australian Cinematheque 2008
Architect Africa film Festival, South Africa 2008
Manitoba Cinematheque, Canada 2008
Starz Filmcenter, Denver 2008
Queensland Art Gallery 2008
Ateneum – National Gallery Helsinki 2004
CCA / Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2007
MIPA Siglo XXI, Spain 2007
Environmental Film Festival, 2007
Grand Illusion Cinema, Seattle, 2006
Cameron Art Museum, USA, 2006
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Architecture, 2006
Brno Film Festival, Czech Republic, 2006
KRUH, Festival Film a Architektura, Prague, Czech Republic, 2006
University of Suriname , South America, 2006
AASA, Brisbane, Austarlia, 2005
JASMAX Film Festival, New Zeeland, 2005
Artecinema, Italy 2004
Tokyo Style Stockholm 2004
Beyond Media, Florence, 2003
47th Competition for Films and Videos on Japan, 2003


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