Buy New
$23.98
Qty:1
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Only 3 left in stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Wisdom of Changes - Richa... has been added to your Cart
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $9.38
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Wisdom of Changes - Richard Wilhelm & The I Ching
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Wisdom of Changes - Richard Wilhelm & The I Ching

10 customer reviews

Additional DVD options Amazon Price New from Used from
DVD
"Please retry"
1-Disc Version
$23.98
$23.98
$23.98 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details Only 3 left in stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Wisdom of Changes - Richard Wilhelm & The I Ching + The I Ching, or,  Book of Changes (Bollingen Series XIX) (Bollingen Series (General))
Price for both: $37.98

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Confucius, Laotse and in particular the I Ching, The Book of Changes: Richard Wilhelm (1873-1930) is regarded as the European who discovered China's spiritual world. Wisdom of Changes is a documentary film about the life and work of this most distinguished translator and mediator. Richard Wilhelm came to China as a young missionary in 1899, a time when the country was under the exploitation of the colonial powers. He lived through revolts against foreigners, the passing of the imperial dynasties, and the First World War. During these times of turbulent upheaval, he never ceased his quest for the deepest truths that may help mankind to cope with change and to shape their own lives. Richard Wilhelm did not baptize a single Chinese person. Instead, he accomplished some of the most significant translations of the 20th century that made available to the West Confucius, Laotse and other classical texts of Daoism and most importantly, the I Ching, The Book of Changes, the book that above all has served as an inspiration to so many Western readers. Wilhelm remains one of the most distinguished mediators of Chinese culture in the West today. Like C.G. Jung, with whom he was friends in the 1920s, Richard Wilhelm went in search of the universal wisdoms of mankind, those that resist the changes of history. Runtime: 87 min. Format: 16:9; NTSC; Sound: 5.1; Languages: English Version (Voice of R. Wilhelm: Jonathan Pryce). Subtitles: Chinese, French, English for the hearing impaired. Extras: statements by Prof. Richard Smith and Dr. Henrik Jäger.

About the Actor

Richard Wilhelm translated texts from Confucius, Laotse and other classical texts of Daoism and most importantly, the I Ching, The Book of Changes, bringing them to the Western world for the first time.

Product Details

  • Actors: Richard Wilhelm
  • Directors: Bettina Wilhelm
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Schwarzweiss Filmver
  • DVD Release Date: March 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BC0JFLC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,846 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Thomas B. Kirsch on March 20, 2013
Verified Purchase
The Movie, Wisdom of Changes by Bettina Wilhelm, is one of those amazing films which gives the history of a man who spent more than 20 years as a Christian missionary in China, but who never converted one person to Christianity. He became deeply immersed in the old Chinese Culture and worked with a Chinese scholar to translate the I Ching, The Book of Changes, into German. From the German it was translated into English where the book of divination has become a profound and popular book. Bettina Wilhelm, his granddaughter and a professional film maker and who never met her grandfather decided that she wanted to know more about her famous grandfather. The result is this wonderful DVD which originally came out in German but is now available in English. It is the story of a deeply introverted and spiritual man in his search to find his own soul. His main work in China is from the turn of the 20th century until the early 1920's, He returns to Germany after World War I and joins a group of scholars including C.G. Jung. The two of them become close colleagues and friends as Jung becomes a student of the I Ching. The I Ching has had a profound influence on my life from the age of 17 on, which is almost 60 years ago. I cannot recommend it any higher. five stars.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Present on June 29, 2013
Verified Purchase
First off, this version of the film is completely in English (not subtitled) except for a couple of short interviews of a German professor with voiceover in English.
Bettina Wilhelm goes back to China to search her grandfather's (and hers, she was born in Shanghai) roots. She is excellent at communicating the pull that China has on those who have family history there. China can exert a subtle influence that can extend even to the third generation, and Ms Wilhelm truly captures the flavor of that attraction.
Ms Wilhelm is a professional filmmaker, and the excellent production values along with great storytelling at just the right pace make for fascinating viewing.
There is a lot of archival film footage (versus stills) from the early part of the century, which I appreciate in a documentary. The original sites are visited, but this is not a film about places and dates, though those are included. Rather, this is a journey into the interior life of Richard Wilhelm, and by drawing upon his diaries and writings, Ms Wilhelm has captured the essence of her grandfather's being. One comes away with the impression that Richard Wilhelm was chosen for the task of bringing the I Ching to the west. Other translations preceded his, and many more have been done since, but none have surpassed his work as a whole.
The entire film is superbly done, and everyone will enjoy it whether or not one has an interest in the I Ching.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Stinson on April 20, 2013
Verified Purchase
This documentary was very illuminating about Jung's relationship with Wilhelm, and hits at the heart of the roots of today's spiritual revolution occurring in the west.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Palmer on February 2, 2014
Verified Purchase
I consider this to be the most important film ever made on the subject of the I Ching and its translator, Richard Wilhelm. In examining Wilhelm's character and relationship to the Chinese people we are led to a deeper understanding of this wise and ancient Chinese sacred text and of the culture from which it emerged. Bettina Wilhelm is outstanding as a director for her family relationship with Richard Wilhelm allows us to gain insights that would be overlooked from a more impersonal perspective. I would highly recommend this film to any student or practitioner of the I Ching as well as to anyone who is seeking a deeper insight into Chinese philosophy and civilization and into the history and usage of the I Ching - The Book of Changes.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Rick S. on January 24, 2015
Verified Purchase
Wilhelm's translation of the I Ching holds a special place in my heart. I bought my copy over twenty years ago and still refer to it this day. I was excited to learn that his grand daughter documented his life on film. I looked forward to a glimpse of the man who undertook the enormous task during turbulent times of not only translating the text but building a bridge toward understanding the mindset of the east. The film offers rare images of both Germany and turn of the century China and paints a picture of Wilhelm's contributions to the nation and the world. The audience will need to be satisfied with content rather than cinematography. The film itself isn't visually striking nor is the soundtrack compelling. On the whole the film is very much a loving hands at home approach to telling his story. In a way this makes it all the more appealing to those who've asked the same questions about the man as I have. To those unfamiliar with the man or his work the film may not strike any chords or piqué enough curiosity to sustain interest from beginning to end.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Wisdom of Changes - Richard Wilhelm & The I Ching
This item: Wisdom of Changes - Richard Wilhelm & The I Ching
Price: $23.98
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com