© Salzgeber & Co. Medien GmbH

88 - Pilgern auf japanisch
Germany 2008

Opening 13 Nov 2008

Directed by: Gerald Koll
Writing credits: Gerald Koll

I was intrigued by the title of this documentary, hoping for a story about an enlightened mind as a pilgrim wanders on a path leading to all 88 temples on a Japanese island. I looked forward to a few deep insights, maybe a blissful moment. But what we get is nothing of the sort. The film is something like a home movie by a German tourist. There is nothing delightful for the eyes either, not even a breathtaking landscape. The filmmaker frequently focuses his camera on the road and his feet (which at the end were blistered, blood red and disgusting). I did understand from the film that a pilgrimage is a journey for the sake of nothing and a search for nothing. That actually is very Zen and could be interpreted to mean that if you go on a pilgrimage looking for anything besides a tedious trip you may be disappointed. Just like this documentary. (the KinoCritics)

The theaters below show films in their original language; click on the links for showtimes and ticket information.
Interviews with the stars, general film articles, and reports on press conferences and film festivals.
Subscribe to the free KinoCritics monthly email newsletter here.