"The Age of Fasting"

(2010)

A life of "not eating" can be interesting. This is the film that triggered the fasting boom.

Acupuncturist, Michiyo Mori, has been living on a daily glass of green juice for over 20 years. Through the accounts of Michiyo and others who have chosen to live a life close to fasting, the act of "eating" is questioned.

Mariya Yamada's realistic acting in the re-enactment scenes is also worth mentioning.


Available now on vimeo.com: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/theageoffasting


Documentary Film
2010
84min
Stereo

Available now on vimeo.com: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/theageoffasting




Scenes

The Age of Fasting - Eating light with love and mercy - from OFFICE TETSU SHIRATORI on Vimeo.


Story


Acupuncturist, Michiyo Mori, adopted a raw vegetable diet called the "Koda Method" and overcame an intractable disease and now lives on a daily glass of green juice. She was diagnosed with spinocerebellar degeneration (a disease specified by the Japanese government in which the cerebellum and spinal cord that control motor functions shrink and gradually lose their functions.) Considered incurable with modern medicine, Michiyo has suffered from this disease since she was a young girl, but managed to overcome it through a treatment by Dr. Mitsuo Koda, known as the pioneer and leader of the "fasting method." Since then, she has continued maintaining her health through "meals" that amount to a daily calorie intake of 80kcal along with a few supplements. Michiyo shared her experience in her book "I Quit Eating" (Publisher: Makino Shuppan). This film delves into her personal side and lifestyle in detail.

Also appearing in the film are people who have overcome serious diseases such as muscular dystrophy, connective tissue disease, ulcerative colitis, and thyroid cancer through the "Koda Method."

By listening to the accounts of fasting individuals, the audience will take this opportunity to reexamine their daily "eating" habits.

Available now on vimeo.com: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/theageoffasting



Who is Dr. Mitsuo Koda, pioneer of the "fasting method?"


Born in 1924. Since he was a little boy up to when he was in the military academy, Dr. Koda was in poor health and had to frequently take a leave of absence. Feeling hopeless when modern medical treatments could not improve his condition, he began studying the Nishi-style method and natural medicine.

Upon graduating from the School of Medicine of Osaka University, he began practicing various folk remedies and applied that to the "Koda Method" that he advocated, opened the Koda Clinic, and became known as a unique doctor who provided health guidance. He has undergone successful clinical trials on various diseases considered intractable with modern medicine. Dr. Koda was a part-time lecturer at Osaka University and the Chairman of the Holistic Medicine Convention before passing away in August 2008 at the age of 84.

He is also the author of dozens of books including "A Half-day Fasting Will Bring Miracles" "Skipping Breakfast Cures Illnesses" (Publisher: Makino Shuppan), "The Science of the Fasting Method" and "What has Become Clear after 50 Years of the Fasting Method" (Publisher: Shunjusha Publishing Company). Along with his follower Sunplaza Nakano Kun, he co-wrote the much-discussed book, "Q&As on How to Eat and Recommendations on Eating Less." Dr. Koda's history of successful practices is finally revealed on the screen.



Reviews


  • Thank you very much for this wonderful film. It truly gave me joy that I personally know Dr. Koda. Let's make this film widely known.
    Sunplaza Nakano Kun (Musician)

  • I support this film.
    Yukio Funai (Chairman, Funai Headquarters Inc.)

  • This world is flooded with food. Nowadays, variety programs on TV present "big eaters" and provide a spectacle featuring individuals with zero intelligence aimlessly devouring their food. A documentary film is finally here to raise a red flag to this state of society. After watching the realities of the light-eating method and fasting, I could not help but reexamine my own eating habits. Director Tetsu Shiratori's proposal of a new side of "eating" in "The Age of Fasting - Eating Light with Love and Mercy -" struck a chord with me.
    Yasuo Yamagata (Former Vice President of Matsuya Co., Ltd.)

  • When I savor a delicious meal, I feel pure joy. So Director Shiratori's latest film on "eating light with love and mercy" came as somewhat of a shock. Of the global population of about seven billion people, 700 million are suffering from starvation. Meanwhile, we are living in a world flooded with food and weakening our immune system due to over-eating and destroying our own health. According to the Koda Method, we should regard the act of "eating" as being given the "life" of something that was alive and that is how the individuals in this film overcame their intractable diseases. It introduces a woman who lives on just a daily glass of green juice for over 15 years who lives a plentiful and energetic life. This is an excellent film that makes us question the meaning of "eating." This world is flooded with food. Nowadays, variety programs on TV present “big eaters” and provide a spectacle featuring individuals with zero intelligence aimlessly devouring their food. A documentary film is finally here to raise a red flag to this state of society. After watching the realities of the light-eating method and fasting, I could not help but reexamine my own eating habits. Director Tetsu Shiratori's proposal of a new side of “eating” in "The Age of Fasting – Eating Light with Love and Mercy -" struck a chord with me.
  • Can you believe that there is a woman who has been living on just a daily glass of green juice for over 15 years? Acupuncturist, Michiyo Mori adopted a raw vegetable diet called the "Koda Method" and overcame an intractable disease and now lives on a daily glass of green juice. She was diagnosed with spinocerebellar degeneration (a disease specified by the Japanese government in which the cerebellum and spinal cord that control motor functions shrink and gradually lose their functions.) Considered incurable with modern medicine, Michiyo has suffered from this disease since she was a young girl, but managed to overcome it through a treatment by Dr. Mitsuo Koda, known as the pioneer and leader of the "fasting method." Since then, she has continued maintaining her health through "meals" that amount to a daily calorie intake of 80kcal along with a few supplements. Michiyo shared her experience in her book "I Quit Eating" (Publisher: Makino Shuppan). This film delves into her personal side and lifestyle in detail. Can you endure this shocking "light-eating" method? Also appearing in the film are individuals who have overcome serious diseases such as muscular dystrophy, connective tissue disease, ulcerative colitis, and thyroid cancer through the "Koda Method." Whether to believe their accounts or not is up to you!

  • Kyoko Akaike (Illustrator) shared her experience in "Learn the Nishi-style Koda Method in Manga" (Publisher: Makino Shuppan). Toshio Hazama, former professor of physical education at Osaka City University, speaks about how light his body felt during the process of overcoming his illness. The first-hand recollections of individuals who actually experienced it would even intrigue audience members watching in doubt. When wild animals are injured or feeling ill, they eat nothing. Fasting cuts down on "digestive enzyme" and divides it into "metabolic enzyme" which purifies and restores the body to increase our natural healing ability. The "fasting method" is a way to maintain health in full conformity with nature.



[出演 CAST]

森美智代、赤池キョウコ、境野米子、森垣奈津子
松井進 昇幹夫、羽間鋭雄、森裕之、花谷幸比古



[回想ドラマ Drama]

山田まりや、岡本正巳、寺田千穂
佐川和正、前田剛、辻良江、有田美和子



[スタッフ Staff]
製作白鳥哲
撮影荻久保則男、渡辺真、白鳥哲
制作助手津谷緑
助監督中島陽司、久保田健介

編集森隆倫(cresco)
CG内田剛史
音楽南雲和晴
宣伝美術中村嘉宏
パンフレット編集荻由香利
大阪クルー河田秀二、赤松亮

回想ドラマ
撮影荻久保則男
照明大久保礼司
録音古川稔章
ヘアメイク小林佳苗(宝映テレビプロダクション)
衣装プラン久留裕子
制作助手三枝ゆきの
撮影助手香山英次
照明助手松尾俊太郎
特機成田哲
スチール柴田琢哉
車両三澤行寛



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