Koshiro Hino and Toshiaki Toyoda collaborate with drum ensemble Kodo for new film, Shiver

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The film is entitled Shiver and was directed by Toshiaki Toyoda.

Shiver is a new film from director Toshiaki Toyoda. It explores the collaboration between Sado Island-based Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble Kodo and musician Koshiro Hino, aka YPY. Hino is also a member of the Japanese avant-garde group Goat.

The 89-minute film has been described as “a new music experience for the coronavirus pandemic” and an “audiovisual experience”. During the film, Toyoda translates Kodo and Hino’s collaborative efforts using only sound and image, with no dialogue utilised throughout the movie. 

Kodo and Hino’s musical collaboration started out with an email from one of Kodo’s members. All the music was composed during a month-long stay in the Sado Island, and the film scenes were recorded and shot on the island, mainly inside Kodo Village’s rehearsal hall. 

Shiver is out now. You can watch a trailer or rent the film here.