Thursday, October 7, 2010

Ink, Budhism under cover

The movie is Ink.

One of the few examples in modern cinema of profound teaching.  Bai Bow


  1. Wow. I'm amazed... Thank you for this, truly wonderful!

  2. I hope get a chance to see the movie. I had to watch it twice to get all the allusions to Zen. Glad you enjoyed the scene :) It's even more amazing in the context of the story.

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  4. Well I suppose that I'm obligated to mention that Ink, the full movie, is available online, for free, via Hulu and parties rebroadcasting Hulu's content, such as the one that I've linked to, there.

    How? as I know the question might occur. I was struck by the Pathfinder's performance, in the video, which Uku has also linked to, at his web log. I followed the link he provided to your web log, where I saw that you'd indicated that the video is a clip from a movie, and the movie is named Ink.

    I looked up Ink at IMDb, then, where I found that it's available, online. So those are the details.

    I'm watching it, presently, it's quite a film.

    In my own interpretation, I think that the film takes story-telling - and warrior ethic - to some whole new levels of meaning.

    It's just reaching the climax of the film, here, right now. No spoilers, it's just quite a film.


  5. Thank you for sharing the link Sean. It's my understanding that the director/producer intended that it be available for free online, and that contributions could be made via the website:

    I would be interested to hear your interpretation of the film.


  6. Scott, I had no idea of your blog until now! Linked on my page.

  7. Oh, thanks Kyle :) I feel uncomfortable pushing it on people. I appreciate the support!

  8. Sorry about the duplicate comment, Scott. Upon noticing that, I tried to resolve it, tonight.

    To comment on my interpretation of the film, if I may take a moment to relate, then. I'll caution the reader, at this point, that my commentary will include "spoilers" about the film and its plot.

    I notice that there are two primary breeds of the dream-weaving characters - those of the type who are named, at a point in the film, Incubus - more like nightmare weavers, rather - and those of the unnamed type who we can easily understand as being the goodguys/goodgals in the story.

    Then, however, there's a third breed, stuck somewhere between life and dreams, in what the film apparently portrays as it being a sort of condition of afterlife. I'll call that third group the Purgatory People, for want of a convenient term.

    I'll try to limit my interpretation, here, to what the film actually gives the viewer, as part of the story, though.

    [Continued, next comment - apparently I exceeded the 4096 character limit, in the first draft...]

  9. Continuing with commentary and rambling plot summary - spoilers immediately following this 'colon' character: The Incubus are dark characters. We're given a hint to their nature, at the end of the film, when the character who I'd like to call the Emo King - apparently, the leader of the Incubus types, and the only one of them not wearing a face-screen, I noticed - when he relates, in addressing the group, that they're made of pride. As to the Pathfinder's monologue, previous in the film, which is in the segment you've excerpted - I think it serves as a keynote to that later revelation, in the plot.

    Throughout the film, then, we see the Incubi whispering dark and disconcerting things to their victims - especially the lead character, John.

    Personally, I believe that the Incubi in the film remind me of certain demon archetypes - though they do not remind me of the more (as I see it) friendly Tengu from a certain old book written under the pen name, Issai Chozanshi - namely, The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts. But, I digress.

    Personally, I feel that the Incubus characters epitomize all that is negative and spiteful about humanity - and it would seem that they've made a business in the afterlife, out of it.

    Then, there are the dream-weavers who arrive in flashes of light - and their leader, Liev, who is portrayed as both story-teller and warrior. Though we're given to see more of her abilities as story-teller, in the film, but the reputation she has to Ink, and her composure, in the first place, all speaks for itself, I believe.

    (Personally, I truly never would have thought I'd that see those two archetypes combined, in a single character of any fictional work - story-teller and warrior - and so successfully so, as I would quality their effort. I think that that alone gives me something to think about, at some abstract level, to take away after viewing the film - that those two archetypes could successfully combined in one character.)

    So, wee see that some those dream-weavers are warriors, too. I suppose that even though we do not hear the more of the dream weavers telling stories like the master teller Lieve is shown - in her dialogs with the girl, namely - but I suppose that their work of positive "dream weaving", so to speak, would itself (at some abstract level) would be entailed of story-telling, as a practice.

    Given that I don't want to too-far narrow down my own interpretation of the film - or to narrow down the reader's interpretations, either, for that work of performance art - I'm afraid that it's hard for me to relate my impressions of it too clearly or too linearly, though. This might seem to come across more as a rambling plot summary, peppered with personal opinions, I suppose.

    If I could draw any kind of a conclusion from the film, in as I've related to it myself, it's that there is a level of value to nicety that goes well beyond any petty circumstances.

    If that would seem new, to me, in itself, well sometimes it can be hard to see the forest for the trees - especially when looking through jaded eyes, as in some regards, perhaps I may have, at times. I've at least heard of Beginner's Mind, though. Maybe that's something I could think on, too.

    Overall, I think it's a remarkable film. Thanks for the link, in the first place!


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