A woman in a kimono kneeling and crying as leaves fall in the foreground - still from 'Farewell to the Ark' (1984)
A woman in a kimono kneeling and crying as leaves fall in the foreground - still from 'Farewell to the Ark' (1984)
Farewell to the Ark (© 1984 Art Theatre Guild of Japan, Ltd. / Jinriki Hikokisha / Himawari Theatre Group, inc. All Rights Reserved)

The Japan Foundation, Sydney & ACMI present

Farewell to the Ark


Shūji Terayama | Japan | 1984 | Unclassified (15+)

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“Come back in a hundred years’ time. After a hundred years you’ll understand.”

Inspired by Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, Farewell to the Ark was released shortly after Terayama’s premature death. Sutekichi and his cousin Su-e are in love, attracting the attention and insults of the superstitious inhabitants of a remote village. When Sutekichi murders his rival Daisaku, the couple decides to flee from the village, but Sutekichi is haunted by Daisaku’s ghost and increasingly affected by the unforgiving course of time. Terayama fans will recognise his most quintessential tropes, such as the frustrated and twisted sexuality of his characters, and a poetic yet sobering depiction of human flaws and vulnerability.

Format: B&W and Colour, 16mm
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Source: Toho Co., Ltd.
Courtesy: The Japan Foundation Film Library
Duration: 127 mins


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127 mins


Unclassified (15+)

Contains strong themes, violence, nudity and sexual references.


FREE (bookings required)

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