2021 / Japan Foundation to present online screening “Words Can’t Go There” about American shakuhachi master John Kaizan Neptune, June 12, 7PM – June 13, 7PM, PDT

Japan Foundation Los Angeles / JAPANEMA Online

Words Can’t Go There
 (89mins, 2019)
In Japanese with English subtitles
Directed by David Neptune

Screening: Saturday, June 12, 7PM – Sunday, June 13, 7PM(PDT)
Click Here to Watch (accessible during screening period only)

*Pre-screening Online Mini Talk & Live: Saturday, June 12 @6PM(PDT)  Click Here to Register

This film is a feature-length documentary exploring the story of California surfer turned Japanese shakuhachi flute master John ‘Kaizan’ Neptune.

Directed by John’s son David Neptune and produced by his team of filmmakers in Los Angeles, the film examines what it takes to cross cultural borders and become a master of this traditional art form.

John has innovated on the shakuhachi’s design and developed new sounds never heard before with the instrument. His efforts have been praised by most but criticized by some. John has lived in Japan for over 40 years, focusing single-mindedly on the shakuhachi to further delve into the infinite possibilities of sound.

But what are the sacrifices involved with becoming a true master?

This story told from David’s perspective will take audiences on an unforgettable journey through personal discoveries, humorous interludes and musical epiphanies.

Click HERE to watch trailer.