Friday, April 27, 2012 : 8:00pm to 10:00pm
University Park Campus
Robert Zemeckis Digital Arts Center
Ron Howard Screening Room
This 2010 film by director Naoki Kato centers on Jonen, who was a punk-rock musician in his youth, but is now a Buddhist monk with a wife and five-year-old son.
During his career-day speech at a local high school, Jonen has a public breakdown that leads to a deep depression. He realizes the importance of music to his life. In an attempt to raise Jonen’s spirits, the compassionate chief monk suggests that Jonen play a live show. As he plans for the concert, Jonen faces challenges from past loss, small-town resistance, and the possibility of alienating his family.