Samurai Architect: Tadao Ando

Japan | 2015 | 52 min
Japanese | Subtitles in English
Cinematography: Ryu Aritomi, Minoru Fukutomi
Distribution: NHK And NHK Enterprises Inc.
Editing: Herbert Hunger
Music: Birger Clausen
Producer: Patrick Hoerl, Shigenori Mizuno, Taiju Shimoda
Production: NHK And NHK Enterprises Inc., Authentic
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Synopsis

Presented in partnership with ICI ARTV and Provencher roy

Tadao Ando has captivated people around the globe with his elegant concrete designs that reflect the Zen principle of simplicity. The recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the profession’s highest honour, he is among the world’s preeminent architects. In sharp contrast to his refined minimalist creations, the self-taught 73 year-old former boxer has an aggressive personality, a sharp tongue and a unique sense of humour. These seemingly contradictory traits add to his appeal, and when combined with his disciplined work ethic and keen aesthetic sense, they help to explain why he has been called the “samurai architect.” This film follows Ando over a one-year period, shedding light on his creative process, on the skill and ingenuity required to transform drawings into buildings.

Directors

Yu Nakamura

Yu Nakamura has been directing documentaries since 1994 and has earned a reputation for exploring new approaches to documentary-making. For Fuji Television’s “Nonfix” slot, he depicted the way Tokyo appears to blind people. Since 2000, he has directed many documentaries for Tokyo Broadcasting System’s “Jonetsu Tairiku” slot, which focuses on Japanese people who are leaders in a variety of fields. More recently, he has turned his lens on some of Japan’s most fascinating human stories for NHK.
Filmography | 500 Days of Jakucho Setouchi (2015) ; The World of Shuji Terayama (2014) ; Finding the Beauty of Knitting - Aran Islands (2014) ; Seasoning the Seasons - Travelling Yoshino-Kumano (2013).

Shigenori Mizuno

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18:15
Centre Canadien d’Architecture - Théâtre Paul-Desmarais
Screening # 6
Presented by ICI ARTV + Provencheroy
Samurai Architect: Tadao Ando
FIFA Competition

Samurai Architect: Tadao Ando

Japan | 52 min | 2015

Japanese | Subtitles in English

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15:45
Centre Canadien d’Architecture - Théâtre Paul-Desmarais
Screening # 73
Presented by ICI ARTV + Provencheroy
Samurai Architect: Tadao Ando
FIFA Competition

Samurai Architect: Tadao Ando

Japan | 52 min | 2015

Japanese | Subtitles in English

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