The Japan Foundation, Sydney & ACMI present
A radical destabilisation of memory and myth.
Starting with a series of haiku poems about his childhood, Shūji Terayama takes us through his cathartic and epiphanic quest for self-discovery, as important highlights from the director’s youth unfold before our eyes. A spellbinding journey that elegantly intertwines the director’s memories and fantasy, Pastoral Hide-and-Seek is a metaphorical and sensory experience where each shot is imbued with rich and symbolic meaning. Fellinian superstitious villagers and the caricaturesque inhabitants of a pop-up circus are just some examples of what the director’s reckless imagination creates in order to face his past, and come to terms with dramatic and sobering truths.
Japanese Film Festival 2021 program: focus on Shūji Terayama
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