Kon Ichikawa – Enjo aka The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (1958)

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The story revolve around a teenage name Mizoguchi, Ever since his father explain the beauty of the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, the surreal ideology of beauty was convey to it. After his father died from Tabeculocus he was then accept by the Monk priest Tayama who was the guardian of the Temple of Gold Pavilion.
When Mizoguchi first saw the golden pavilion, the beauty does not strike him, instead it grow much stronger inside his soul. it was like as if hearing part of the script of melody, the whole ongs will rise naturally. such as the actual image of the golden pavilion one can see the whole temple just by a glips of thought.
The Character Mizoguchi suffers from Stutter, which everyone laugh at him, this sickness makes him feel selfpitty and autism from others, it makes him thinks no one understand his true feeling of how he perceive about life, event or even the temple of golden pavilion.
Until One day he met one of the young monk Tsurukawa, who also are resident in the temple of golden pavilion. Tsurukawa, does not laugh or abuse on Mizoguchi’s stutter. Mizoguchi treat him as his only friend who was like the alchemy for him who understand his inner soul.
unfortunately, Tsurukawa suicide year after, as he was suffer from pain of love. This tragic event makes Mizoguchi isolated from others as he reject from realizing the reality of the matter, he now devote his emotion, desire and love towards the unbreakable beauty of Temple OF Golden Pavilion.
After graduate from high school, Father Tayama, offer him to attend nearby college, he met a cripple student named Kashiwagi, due to his crippleness Mizoguchi felt comfortable by being with him. The ability Kashiwagi make beautiful girls fall in love makes mizoguchi self pity.
One day, Kashiwagi introduce girls to mizoguchi, when he starting to have intimate moment with girls, the image of the temple of golden Pavilion appear.
He can no longer taking the concept of image of temple of Golden Pavilion as he realize he have convey the idea of beauty with temple itself, this brainwash ideology makes Mizoguchi frustrated, he decide to burn down the temple of Golden pavilion.this is because the temple of golden pavilion is not mealy an building it has already become his symbol of his life, a reflection of human darkness, an symbol of purity. by burning it down, it symbolize the destruction of human darkness, as it will no longer reflect upon.
In the Mishio’s (the original writer) world, he believes, beauty does not exist in eternally, only when something is in a state of sense of destruction, beauty derive within.hence, beauty within our heart and human’s existence is limited, therefore, there shall be no reason for an eternal beauty, if eternal beauty do exists, then there should be a questioning with idea of perfect life. like in the movie, when Mizoguchi saw the temple of golden pavilion, he realize his life is no longer perfect, but after he hear the bombing of near by war, he then realize the temple of golden pavilion is fragile as him, that there is chance the temple itself will be burn into flame of war.
In the ancient history,great buildings are not made for human, but for god and for the dead, we can see this ideology from ancient pyramid, Greek god-est palace, if the temple of golden pavilion was not initially belong to the human , then the true meaning of “beauty” is beyond our human expression. [imdb]




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