September 19, 2012

Documentaries on St. Nicholas of Japan

Unfading Light of the Rising Sun: the Memory of St. Nicholas of Japan

February 16, 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the repose of St. Nicholas of Japan (1836-1912). Archbishop Nicholas converted to Orthodoxy over 20 thousand people, translated into Japanese the New Testament and the main prayer books, and built the Orthodox Cathedral in Tokyo. The film tells the story of Russia and Japan since St. Nicholas. It includes photographs of Japanese daily life of the Orthodox mission ands rare archival footage. The shooting took place in Japan, Tver, St. Petersburg and other places associated with the life of the Saint. Filmed with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II and the Metropolitan of Tokyo and All Japan Daniel. In 2005, he received the Special Jury Prize at the XIV International Film Festival "Golden Knight".

The third film in the series "Planet of Orthodoxy."

The film stars the Metropolitan of Tokyo and All Japan Daniel, and makes one believe in the miracle of serving as a single person giving birth to a new Orthodox Church - the Church in Japan.