Private Project

Tea Zen

Tea is the world's most popular drink. What is tea and how does it come into being? What is the art of tea? And what is the tea's relationship with Zen? Behind this simple drink lies many layers of meaning and beauty. Vancouver-based artist, Lam Wong takes us through his journey of mystery and discovery following this amazing drink. With interviews from tea farmers, tea lovers, artists, tea masters and a zen monk, Tea Zen gives us a glimpse of how this fascinating drink captures the human spirit.

  • Lam Wong
  • Lam Wong
  • Lam Wong
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature, Other
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Art
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 7 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
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    Canada, China, Taiwan
  • Language:
    Chinese, English
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Director Biography - Lam Wong

Lam Wong was born in 1968 to an artistic family (calligrapher father and pianist mother) in Xiamen, China. He grew up in Hong Kong during the 80s and immigrated to Canada at the age of 19. Lam studied design, art history and painting, both in Alberta and BC Canada. He makes music, photography, film, painting and tea. Lam is currently practicing painting as his main medium. He sees painting or art making as an ongoing spiritual practice. His main subjects are the perception of reality, the meaning of art, and the relationships between time, memory and space. Lam lives and works in Vancouver, Canada since 1998. Tea Zen is his first feature film.

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