Toshio Matsumoto b. 1932
Everything Visible Is Empty (1975)
Director: Toshio Matsumoto
Year: 1975
Time: 8 mins
Music: Toshi Ichiyanagi


There's more to picture than meets the eye in this journey into oriental metaphysical imagery. Starting (in a very Christian manner) with the Word, the film draws an explosion of visible forms, as if a sign of the shattering of shapes in the mundane world. But time is cyclical, of course, and what was once a multitude of sensible realities must eventually return to the Word and, finally, to sheer Color. -- Sound of Eye