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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Noisy gods 騒々しい神

With some free time on my hands today, I finally got around to watching my DVD of the original full-length version of Akira Kurosawa's 黒澤明 "The Seven Samurai" 七人の侍. What can I say? It's a fantastic film, definitely one of the best of all-time, and well worth the 3 1/2 hours it takes to watch it.

The only excitement we had was when a small Taoist 道教 procession stopped in front of our apartment building:
 
Despite there being only one truckload of musicians and one god palanquin, the noise was loud. All the drums, bells and firecrackers made it difficult to hear what my parents were saying on the phone. Religion is rarely a quiet, contemplative affair in Taiwan...

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