Taiko drummer Kaoru Watanabe and Fue ( Japanese flute)-making master Ranjo, two artist-musicians in traditional Japanese arts, demonstrate how to create a Fue and share their stories about the joy of music and life.


Hsuan-Yu Pan: Director


  • Project Type: Documentary
  • Runtime: 8 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date: January 26, 2018
  • Production Budget: 12,000 USD
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Country of Filming: Japan
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Shooting Format: Digital
  • Film Color: Color

Screenings / Awards

  • Barcelona Planet Film Festival Barcelona
    Official Selection
  • Diversions International Short Film Festival Sveti Ivan Zelina
    Official Selection
  • Los Angeles CineFest Los Angeles
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Canal town Moving Movie Festival HONESDALE, PA
    United States
    May 19, 2018
  • Boulevard Film Festival Queens NY
    United States
  • Indie Best Films Festival Santa Monica, California CA
    United States
  • Cinemaway/Кіномаршрут Lviv, Zhovkva
  • Militello Independent Film Fest Sicily
  • Portobello Film Festival London
    United Kingdom
    September 1, 2018
  • Formosa Festival of International Filmmaker Awards Taichung
  • The Lift-Off Sessions Pinewood Studios, UK
  • Ocean City Film Festival Ocean City Baltimore
  • Shorts@Fringe Azores
  • SPLICE Film Fest Brooklyn NY
    United States

Director Statement

In December 2017, Kaoru Watanabe gathered Taiko drummers from all over the world to explore Japanese traditional performing arts in Tokyo. The visit at Ranjo’s studio, where he creates flutes is one of these events. I documented the entire tour and this visit is the most impressive one for me as an artist.

During the visit, Kaoru and Ranjo demonstrated how to create a Fue and share their stories about the joy of music and life. Both of these artist-musicians are knowledgeable in traditional Japanese arts and passionate in preserving and promoting these traditions. It’s a rare chance to capture the moment of the conversation between two masters who are so deeply immersed in tradition. I want to share these precious moments with many more people through my film.