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The Book of Tears

(c) NHK
Tan Dun, one of the most creative composers to emerge from modern China, is attracting global attention by combining music and video on stage. In May 2013, he introduced his 13-movement symphony at an NHK Symphony concert. The piece was built around Nu Shu, an ancient and mysterious syllabic script that was created and used exclusively by women. What tearful tales had been crafted with this ancient script? This program depicts Tan Dun's journey of discovery, from his visit to the Hunan villages where he filmed the world of Nu Shu, to the completion of his brilliant piece.
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1 x 59 min.
International sales company
Nippon Hoso Kyokai (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
NHK Enterprises, Inc. (NEP)

(c) NHK
Clean, M/E + English
English script