by Johanna VAUDE
2002 / Super 8mm / color-b&w / sound / 1S / 7' 23

Synopsis : Three patterns animate and give a rhythm to the film : the Samouraï (the mind through the body, the energy), the lotus (the quest), and the child’s look over it all (the ethics). The Samouraï represents the chivalrous spirit, the solitary and fighting commitment driven by an ethical code. Thought, soul or mind looking for perfection are physically expressed through a move, an action. The Samouraï’s precision goes through his sword serving for a cause. We fight, we act with all our body, all our desire. No matter whether we use the samouraï’s sword or the painter’s brush…a weapon to each, but always fight.

Technique : hybridization of VHS video images taken from asiatic films re-shot in Super-8 (re-framing, movements) and re worked in DV (editing, changes in speed, double exposure, “colourimetry”: changes in tone and color in DV sequences…)

Infos : Samouraï was screened for the openning night of Silhouette Film Festival 2008 and 2010, and the openning of Images Contre Nature.

Nicole Brenez has done a lecture on this film : The secrets of movement, published by Hong-kong University Press, 2005.


distribution format Digital file on server (PAL)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
rental fee 42,00 €