Saturday, August 20, 2016

'Kubo and the Two Strings': A Movie Inspired by Shinto and Buddhist Traditions

By Oleg Ivanov
Movie poster
An American production, this stop-motion animated film is set in a fantastical vision of medieval Japan, forming part of a rich history of combining occidental and Japanese literary and theatrical traditions in order to look at both cultures anew. Kubo and the Two Strings employs a Japanese setting to show American (and other foreign) audiences a different way of conceptualizing death, mourning, and memory. In presenting a metaphysical conception of the afterlife inspired by Shinto and Buddhist traditions, the film offers a powerful metaphor for the manner in which we carry the memories of our departed inside ourselves, one that both complements and provides a compelling alternative to Judeo-Christian beliefs on the subject. [link]

The boy Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson) and bossy, opinionated Monkey (Charlize Theron).