A documentary directed and produced by Masoud Taheri on the life of the Japanese Islamologist and Qur’an scholar Toshihiko Izutsu is ready for screening.
Taheri’s film “The Eastern” features more than 60 prominent figures from different countries, including Japanese scholar Akiro Matsumoto, Islamic scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Persian literature scholar Mehdi Mohaqeq, librarian and educator Noushafarin Ansari, Izutsu’s students Gholamreza Avani and Nasrollah Pour-Javadi, Japanologist Hashem Rajabzadeh as well as the recently deceased Iranian philosopher and cultural theorist Dariush Shayegan, speaking about Izutsu’s life, works and thoughts.
According to an email sent to the Financial Tribune by the film director, the documentary has been shot in 13 countries, including Japan, France, Italy, US, Turkey, Canada, Syria and Spain. The film was shot by Amir Mehrvarzan and Masoud Masjedi-Arani was director of photography. The score is composed by Mohammad Haqgou. The documentary is set for special screenings in Canada, Japan and Iran.
Toshihiko Izutsu (1914-1993) was born into a wealthy Tokian family. He got a PhD in English literature and taught at Keio University in Japan. Izutsu mastered over 10 languages including Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit, Pali, Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Greek.
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