Taiko Film is a documentary that introduces us to the enthralling world of Japanese Taiko. We will learn about its origins, history and evolution throughout centuries, its many applications and styles, its expansion to the world and its influence in modern culture, both Eastern and Western.
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In the Ryukyu Islands women have great spiritual power, a central part of Okinawan culture. There are priestesses known as Noro, Tsukasa, and shamans called Yuta, depending on the island.They are highly respected, sometimes even feared, since in Japanese culture they are invested with supernatural powers. Initiated by their spiritual mother, Tsukasa are chosen from childhood, among the most sensitive young girls, who are able to perceive supernatural presence.
From Manila to Tokyo, from Barcelona to Berlin, this film "Karaoke, the enchanted machine" tells the history of the karaoke phenomenon. Appearing in the early 1970s in Japan, the singing machine has grown beyond Japanese borders to embrace other cultures. Its followers number in the millions, some karaoke singers even compete each year for the title of World Champion.
Mr. Kikuo Hirano, a weaver for Nishijin tsumekaki-hon-tsuzure-ori, Mr. Hiroshi Tokunaga, a Kasuri craftsman, and Mr. Hisayuki Kawato, a weaver for Tango Chirimen Fabric are introduced. Nishijin brocade is one of the traditional crafts in Kyoto. There are 12 weaving techniques used for Nishijin-brocade. In order to weave this brocade requires special techniques. One example: The weaver files his fingernail tips into zigzag shape to pick up and cross threads to make beautiful patterns.
Mr. Tadahiro Ooya, a lacquerware craftsman and Mr. Yutaro Shimode, a Makie craftsman are introduced in this episode. Kyo-Lacquerware is both elegant and delicate, but it is also a solidly-made craft product. There are Eight traditional techniques of Kyo-nuri, or the creation of lacquerware. Mr. Tadahiro Ooya, has been lacquering for 63 years. He’s mastered the 8 Kyo-lacquer techniques. He has even invented a new application method for the Nunozuri-nuri technique.
Mr. Fujio Yamamto, a craftsman making metal mirror and Mr. Toshio Fujibayashi, a craftsman of metal carvings are introduced in this episode. A Makyo is a mirror used for fortune-telling, which originally came from China. Today, there is only one craftsman making these Makyo mirrors: Mr. Fujio Yamamoto. He is the 4th generation owner of Yamamoto Gokin Seisakusho. His workshop is the only place these mirrors are still made by hand according to old traditions.
Mr. Motoo Kido, a Kyo-yuzen artist, Ms. Kazuyo Kawamoto, a Kyo-kanoko Shibori craftswoman, and Mr. Toshiaki Nagakusa, an embroiderer of Kyo-nui are introduced in this episode. Kyo-yuzen is a technique of painting dye onto cloth. Mr. Motoo Kido is a Kyo-yuzen artist and he is considered the foremost craftsman of this art, and it is often said, his work reflects his soul and emotion as a craftsman. Shibori is a Japanese manual resist dyeing technique, also known as tie-dye.
Dani García offers a tribute to one of his gastronomic idols, Nobu Matsuhisa, the main exponent of Japanese cuisine worldwide. An element is present in his kitchen, umami, which provokes different interpretations among chefs around the world. Taking advantage of the company of the best Spanish chefs gathered for this event, the documentary, in addition to reflecting on those days, tries to explore the opinions of each of them about Umami.
The Japanese discovered that a humble mould spore could transform soya beans into ‘Shoyu’, the soy sauce that is a pillar of Japanese cuisine. Sprinkle it on rice and the rice changes into sake... This mould is a tiny organism called ‘Aspergillus oryzae’ and mysteriously, it exists only in Japan!
Snails as an appetiser and some ants in your cocktail? Nithiya heads to Bishan Park and discovers some hidden gold in its river. She meets with a fellow chef who's perfected farm-to-table dining, and tops off her adventure with an exotic cocktail made with locally-foraged weaver ants.
Nithiya heads to Sky Greens to learn about one man's soaring ambition to make Singapore more self-sustainable. She meets with a community in Jurong who pride themselves in growing their own produce, and an elderly matriarch who's determined to bring back the kampong spirit, one dish at a time.
«The Last Nomads» features the greatest traditional journeys left on Earth as seen through the eyes of the people who still travel on them. From the Zagros Mountains of Iran to the frozen wastelands of northern Siberia, the Sahara to the Himalaya, these beautifully filmed documentaries give a unique insight into the very last human journeys still being travelled as they have been for thousands of years.
Overland’s journey starts from Beijing, which has now become one of the most modern cities in the world. With its peaceful daily invasion of tourists and visitors Tiananmen Square has changed radically, like it had on every previous occasion Overland passed through it: in 1985 with 3 fiat pandas in a sea of bicycles, in 1989 with the Itala shortly before the student protests, in 1999 with the orange trucks and in 2005 with the bicycles, in a square which was then full of motorised vehicles.
With its splendid testimonies of grandeur, the city of Xi'an offers travellers the Terracotta Warriors and the Wild Goose Pagoda. Here Buddhism spread easily thanks to the enormous quantity of people who coexisted in a single territory, despite being of different religions. Even now Muslims organise markets full of culinary resources and trading stalls.
From Lanzhou, after passing the Yellow River, we head back up the Gansu corridor, an obligatory step to head West amongst the final dunes of the Gobi desert to the North an the snow-capped mountains of Qilian Shan to the South. There will be numerous historical and artistic testimonies, which were in part described by Marco Polo who lived here for a bout a year.
At the legendary Jade Gate, we leave behind us Han China and enter the land of the Uyghur, the Muslim population that inhabits the North West of China. The most adventurous part of the journey awaits us: the exploration of the Taklamakan Desert with the tallest dunes in the world and the powerful sandstorms caused by the torrid Karaburan wind. The southern track of the Silk Road features a series of important Oasis-Cities that are irrigated by the water coming from the glaciers of the Kunlun.
The journey on the Southern Silk Road continues from Hotan and ends in Kashgar, which in ancient times was considered the city with the largest open-ait market in the known world. Today the extraordinary bazar is relegated to a covered pavilion surrounded by huge buildings. Kashgar is the starting point for the Northern branch of the Silk Road that will lead us to Turpan over a series of new roads, modern cities and stretches of the ancient track with ruins of the abandoned ancient dwellings.
Once we reach Urumqi, the capital of the Autonomous Region of Xinjiang, our attention will be focused on the population that lives in this area of China, which is mainly Muslim in cultural and religious terms. Although the Han represent the majority, the Uyghurs insist on having their own state. The journey continues in the territory to the North of Urumqi and our encounter with thousand of oil wells shows the great race for the exploitation of the territory.
The Altai Mountains offers us forests, Kazakh tents, grazing animals, Siberian and Mongolian ethnic minorities. The Uyghurs, the ancient inhabitants of the territory, are mainly concentrated in the large cities and dedicate themselves mainly to trade and their families. The Kanas Natural Reserve, with its marvellous eponymous lake, has been transformed into a story of Chinese Switzerland, given the incredible similarity of the buildings in the vast pine forests.
We continue along a route amongst the sand dunes of the Badain Jaran desert. Mongolia presents its most well known but most shocking side: in a single valley we counted 49 coal- fired power stations. The Genghis Khan Mausoleum tells the story of this great historic character, who played a huge role in China’s, while the Taoist monastery Wudang reveals the Buddhist religion of the population.
Inside one of the world’s most famous hotels - Raffles and its massive new make over. Luxury in a villa suite with private pool at Sofitel Sentosa. Check out Singapore’s top restaurants Burnt Ends, Bincho and Cheek by Jowl plus the coolest bars now open. The incredible Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay. The Art Deco restaurant with a multi million dollar gin bar. Why Changi Airport is the world’s best, counting a butterfly zoo amongst its many attractions.
SerpentZA and Laowhy86 begin their epic adventure in Shandong Province, starting in former German concession, Qingdao. They taste a bizarre, wriggly local speciality; explore hidden war tunnels and head to a sleepy seaside village, famous for its seaweed-roofed cottages.
Inspired by his Hakka Heritage tracing back to Hong Kong, Luke wanted to influence Vietnamese cuisine in Hong Kong combining flavours from all over Vietnam, so he opened his restaurant Moi Moi. Meeting his brother Leroy at their favourite local market, they collect produce to cook his Aunty 5’s cakes with Pork and Tiger Prawn and a Braised Pork Belly with 63 degree egg.
Luke and Lynne bask in the sites of Victoria Harbour before Luke cooks a traditional Chinese XO Sauce paired with Clams. With Hong Kong offering a plethora of dining options, Luke visits local favourite Michelin star restaurant, Duddles before meeting Head Chef and owner of Arcane Shane Osborn. Luke together with Lynne and Leroy visit Tung Po, a local dai pai dong to have dinner after work.
With Luke’s busy life it’s important to find the work-life balance. Devoting Sunday as a family day, he explores the outdoors and the variety of restaurants Saigon has to offer. He cooks up several dishes and entertains his friend with a dinner party favourite of banh xeo.
Luke takes us to his top 3 traditional pho restaurants in Saigon and explains the differences between the styles of pho broth found throughout Vietnam. Luke then takes us behind the scenes at Grain, his cooking school in Saigon, where he aims to educate others on Vietnamese cooking.
When he’s not busy running his restaurants and has a day off, Luke like to explore places away from the city. Luke explores Vung Tau a coastal town finding different delicacies on each corner. Luke walks through the market ordering the mornings seafood to cook dishes for locals. Back in Saigon Luke meets an old apprentice who’s adding a Vietnamese twist to Italian cuisine before embarking in Saigon’s night dinner scene.
Luke begins his Asian Street Food adventure in his family’s home city of Saigon, Vietnam. Getting up early in the morning, Luke ventures into the hustle and bustle of market life looking for traditional vermicelli noodle dish topped with grilled pork and herbs, getting straight into the action he’s invited behind a street food cart to serve up a Vietnamese delicacy, crab and pig brain soup to hungry locals.
Luke continues through the streets of Saigon in District One visiting his favourite Pho restaurant, he then uncovers a family dispute between two sisters with competing food stalls both called number one Xôi Gà, then it’s off to Miss Yung- Jow, his very own ‘lunch lady’ who has been cooking a different dish every day for twenty years.
Luke continues his street food journey venturing into Bangkok, Thailand, with different street food vendors on every corner he stumbles across hidden stalls and characters like Miaw who teaches him how to cook a traditional Thai sweet dessert, Thai Coconut Pudding. Luke needs to be patient as he joins the back of the que waiting amongst the locals for the best Thai Red Pork and rice (Kao Moo Daeng) in town.
Has China’s ‘one child policy’ really created a generation of spoilt, privileged, selfish young adults? This documentary is a brave expose of what everyday life is like for the ‘Only Me’ generation in China. For the first time on camera, these young Chinese will speak candidly of the huge pressure and high expectations from their parents and reveal the dreams, worries, hopes and fears of a generation.
Economic reforms have led to a divided China, which threatens not only individual survival, but even economic growth and the entire Chinese society. In this episode, we hear stories and interviews about the middle class, about poverty in rural areas and about the precarious existence of hundreds of millions of migrant workers on the fringes of the cities.
How is China run, and how do the people get their say? Stories and interviews about China's ruling Communist Party, about being a representative of the people, about the potential political power of blogs, and about grassroots protests and mass incidents, which are only increasing in number.
After the Revolution in 1949, legislation regarding equality was passed, a huge step forward for China at the time. The economic reforms of recent decades have also improved women's lives. Yet China is still the only country in the world where more women than men commit suicide (WHO).
In this episode, we examine China's tough environmental problems and the efforts being made to solve them. Stories and interviews about air pollution and increasing water shortages, about people fighting to improve the environment, and about the world's investments in solar energy.
«Bastion of the Giants» takes the world into an engrossing journey of the lives of Asian Elephants, and the stunning bio-diverse North Eastern jungles of India around the river Brahmaputra. The challenges of the survival of the Asian Elephant and other endangered species including Bengal Tigers, Indian Rhinos and more, with intense human animal conflicts as human populations explode around these ecological hotspots and ancient elephant lands.
A survivor from the third Ice Age some 10 million years ago, the Chinese merganser is the world's oldest species of wild duck. Despite having survived when many other species did not, the merganser is now facing the threats of global warming and human encroachment.
The Azure-Winged Magpie is a bird that exists only at the extreme ends of the huge continental Eurasian landmass-in China and on the Iberian Peninsula. The common belief is that early Spanish and Portuguese missionaries to Asia brought it back to the Iberian Peninsula. A discovery in a Gibraltar cave of ancient remains of the Azure-Winged Magpie suggests otherwise.