A woman and a man in traditional Japanese dress kneel inside a living room in a still from Grass Labyrinth (1979)
A woman and a man in traditional Japanese dress kneel inside a living room in a still from Grass Labyrinth (1979)
Grass Labyrinth (©1979 Les Films du Jeudi-Toei)

The Japan Foundation, Sydney & ACMI present

Grass Labyrinth


Shūji Terayama | Japan, France | 1979 | Unclassified (18+)

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The murkiness and binds of memory.

Originally included in a French movie package called Private Collections, Grass Labyrinth is a compendium of Terayama’s most travelled themes. A renowned master in the Japanese avant-garde scene, the director leads us through the surreal psychodramatic adventures of Akira, a young boy on the verge of sexual maturity who is seeking the long-forgotten lyrics of a childhood lullaby. Thanks to an unconventional and heavily symbolic narrative, we are guided through this sensual yet unsettling journey fueled by obsession, attraction, seduction and sexual repression, leading to the true meaning behind Akira’s restless quest.

Format: Colour, 35mm
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Source: Les Films Du Jeudi
Courtesy: The Japan Foundation Film Library
Duration: 40 mins


40 mins


Unclassified (18+)

Contains strong themes, violence, nudity and sexual references.


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