Films of Shuji Terayama Vol. 1, The
Films of Shuji Terayama Vol. 1, The
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Shuji Terayama was born in 1935 in Hirosaki City, Aomori. Throughout his lifetime he established himself as a polymath, working across a variety of mediums, including film, theatre, literature, a stint as a sports announcer and poetry — the medium in which he first made his name writing surrealist versions of traditional Japanese tanka. In 1967 he formed the experimental theatre troupe Tenjo Sajiki, which became known for its provocative, erotic and political productions, remaining active until Terayama's death in 1983. He also simultaneously established a progressive cinema and gallery space, going on to make his first major film, a subversive short entitled “The Emperor Tomato Ketchup” in 1971. “The Emperor” shocked audiences for its audacious storyline involving a group of children planning to overthrow dictating adults in a largely improvised production. That same year, he made his first feature-length film “Throw Away Your Books, Let’s Go into the Streets”, a metaphorical meditation on Japan’s growing materialism.
This collection of short films includes: The Cage (1964), Emperor Tomato Ketchup (1971, short version), The War of Jan-Ken Pon (1971), Butterfly (1974), and Laura (1974).
Shuju Terayama -- Japan -- 1964-1974 -- ~ 120 mins.

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