"Stillness in Motion: The Sleeping Man of Oguri Kohei" investigates the Buddhistic elements of this award-winning Japanese film. The sense of tragedy in the film is seen, not in the scenes of the young protagonist locked in a coma, but rather in the plight of the Sough East Asian women who work in the mountainous region of Gumma prefecture where the story takes place. The symbolism of the noh play MATSUKAZE (performed near the end of the film) is tied into the paradoxes of the main characters. The cyclical, and elliptical, nature of this narrative makes this film a unique viewing experience for students of religion and film studies alike.
Ehrlich, Linda C.
"Stillness in Motion: The Sleeping Man of Oguri Kohei,"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 3
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol3/iss1/2