Young boy surrounded by elderly women with eye patches and in robes in 'Pastoral Hide-and-Seek' (1974)
Young boy surrounded by elderly women with eye patches and in robes in 'Pastoral Hide-and-Seek' (1974)
Pastoral Hide-and-Seek (©1974 Jinriki Hikokisha/ATG)

The Japan Foundation, Sydney & ACMI present

Pastoral Hide-and-Seek

田園に死す

Shūji Terayama | Japan | | Unclassified (18+)
Film

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.

Format: Colour, 35mm
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Source: Toho Co., Ltd.
Courtesy: The Japan Foundation Film Library
Duration: 102 mins

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Duration

102 mins

Rating

Unclassified (18+)

Contains strong themes, violence, nudity and sexual references

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Where

ACMI Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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