Reinhard Bock
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This short was videographed in Yokohama, Japan, in November 2010.

Compact synopsis:

This 17 minutes documentary short shows the production of a hieroglyphic drawing by Japanese artist KOSHU a.k.a. BISEI FUKUSHIMA.

We see KOSHU driving from his home in Tsunashima near Yokohama to Yoga where his tennis club is situated and he tells us a bit about the Tokyo region he lives in and explains in which tradition he has chosen his GAGOU (artist name).
Those explanations end with some short cut-ins of tennis strokes linking his favorite sports to his favorite way of producing a very expressive sort of calligraphy or hieroglyphic drawing.
Doing a series of hieroglyphic drawings titled "FUJIN RAIJIN" (Wind and Thunder), KOSHU is tinting the paper with powerful brushstrokes and he is telling us how his emphasis on calligraphy started and how his work as an creative director in a big advertising company goes well together with being a calligrapher.
The work with the brush is completed by using an IN, a personal signature stamp carved by KOSHU after an ancient chinese letter symbolising a tiger.
We watch the sweat driving print of the stamp while KOSHU tells us about the idea behind an signature stamp especially the one he is using.

Reinhard Bock, June 2011

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