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88 - pilgrimage in japanese (88 - pilgern auf japanisch)

88 - pilgrimage in japanese
Scene from "88 - pilgrimage in japanese" (photo © Gerald Koll)

There’s a nearly unknown Buddhist pilgrimage in Japan: a circle along 88 temples. It’s strange.

It’s older and longer than the Spanish pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. It’s probably the longest of all marked pilgrim-routes of the world: the hachiju-hakkasho!

It circles the island of Shikoku. According to the temples, shrines and monks, Shikoku is called the "holy island". Pilgrims have been going here for 1,200 years, along a route of 1,300 km, marked by 88 temples.

Normally only Japanese Buddhists walk the route. Some of them have done it over 300 times. Only by exception does a foreigner participate here. Like in the spring of 2007: A German pilgrim was on the road, on his own, joined by his camera. He was searching for "henro boke", the special state of mind of a pilgrim. That’s the aim of this amusing and self-ironic documentary.


Gerald Koll was born in Kiel in 1966 and studied German Literature, completing his PhD on \"Erotics in Silent Movies\". Since 1989 he has been a freelance journalist and independent filmmaker. His films include: Among Gauchos (1998), Dangerous Affections (2000), Weekend on Wannsee (2000), A Fancy in the Orient (2001), The Silence of Gods - Portrait of Theo Angelopoulos (2001), Harry Piel - The Unleashed (2004), Brave Little Bride (2007), and 88 - pilgrimage in japanese (2008).
Genre Adventure, Religion, Road Movie
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2008
Director Gerald Koll
Screenplay Gerald Koll
Cinematography Gerald Koll
René Perraudin
Arpad Bondy
Gerald Koll
Cast Gerald Koll, Hideo Fujikawa, Hira Yusaku, Kajitani Shigetsugu, Kosho Omoto, Makoto Sato, Masahiko Monzen, Nobuo Morikawa, Ogawa Masaki, Osamu Ohno, Shigeo Ishikawa, Taiten Kouyama, Yuki Kawamura, Yves La Rose Durand
Producer Gerald Koll
Production Company Koll Filmproduktion/Kiel
Length 88 min
Format color
Original Version
 German/Japanese/English
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Hof 2008
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Kulturelle Filmfoerderung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
German Distributor Salzgeber & Co. Medien

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Gerald Koll
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gerald.koll@gmx.de
http://www.88-pilgrimage-in-japanese.de