"The Monk and the Bull" is a dance film inspired by Zen Master Kakuan Shion Zenji's "ten drawings of taming the bull" from the 12th century, which were created as a guide for practitioners on the spiritual path. The contemplation time makes the dance unfold, transporting to the mystery of the meanings of these drawings.

Screenplay and Direction by Emilie Sugai and Gianni Toyota
Choreography and Interpretation Emilie Sugai
Photography and camera Gianni Toyota
Soundtrack Sandra-X and Craca
Drawings Rita Ponce de Leon
Duration 30 minutes
Indicative rating 12 years

  • Emilie Sugai
  • Gianni Toyota
  • Emilie Sugai
  • Emilie Sugai
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    O Monge e o Touro
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  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 20, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Soul Cine Festival, first edition
    São Paulo
    November 20, 2022
    Soul Cine Festival Premiere
Director Biography - Emilie Sugai, Gianni Toyota

Emilie Sugai, choreographer, performer, butoh dancer, has developed her own unique language, in solo creations and in groups, the result of her artistic and life concerns, generated from the influences of butoh through director Takao Kusuno, from research related to memories of body and collaborations with dance, theater and film artists. Awarded with the Bolsa Vitae de Artes, UNESCO-Aschberg Scholarship, Rede Stagium Scholarship, FUNARTE de Dança Klauss Vianna, PROACs of creation and circulation by the Secretariat of Culture and Creative Economy, support by the Japan-SP Foundation, sponsorship by CCBB-Dança em Pauta for your creative projects. He received the APCA best dance conception award in 2008 and the Denilto Gomes best solo dance creation award in 2013. He produced and created the shows TABI (2002), TOTEM (2004), INTIMACY OF IMAGES (2006), HAGOROMO (2008), LUNARIS ( 2011), O DREAM OF THE FOX (2013), SOL AND STEEL (2018) and AKA (2021). Website:

Gianni Toyota is a visual artist, photographer, filmmaker, multimedia expert, IT designer, scenographer, producer and art director. Self-taught, he works with other artists, filmmakers, dancers and collaborating technicians from different areas. Gianni Toyota was a partner in numerous works by Emilie Sugai, developing alternate functions, sometimes as camera, assistant director, director, conception, script, producer of some creations that they created together or at the invitation of Emilie Sugai, composing the technical specifications of several works such as: Cinema de Sombras, Hagoromo-Manto de Plumas, Allegro ma non Tropa, Intimacy of Images, Totem, Tabi, Terminal Station, Lunaris and, in more recent work, AKA and O Monge e o Touro, recently released.

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