Pastoral Hide-and-Seek

Film

Time Out says

Terayama's second feature recapitulates some of the main themes of Throw Away Your Books in more directly personal terms: it's a film about a film-maker's re-examination (and attempted revision) of his own childhood. His boyhood self is an unprepossessing lad who lives with his monstrous, widowed mother, fantasises about the desirable girl-next-door, and finds the visiting circus a touchstone for his dreams of escape. With passion, wit and a genuinely engaging charm, Terayama poses the burning question: Does murdering your mother constitute a true liberation? The autobiographical stance and the circus motif have evoked countless comparisons with Fellini, but they're very wide of the mark: the film isn't burdened with bombast or rhetoric, but it is rich in (authentically Japanese) poetry, and its modernist approach is challenging in the best and most accessible sense.

By: TR

Details

Release details

Duration:
102 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Shuji Terayama
Screenwriter:
Shuji Terayama
Cast:
Kantaro Suga
Hiroyuki Takana
Chigusa Takayama
Keiko Niitaka
Kaoru Yachigusa
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