Shuji Terayama

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“Poet, playright, theatre director, filmmaker, essayist, agitator and lover of all things anarchistic, chaotic, and truthful, TERAYAMA SHUJI (1936-1983) is one of Japan’s most revered and respected artists. In the heady and extremist Japanese art scene of the late ’70s, Terayama created a number of unforgettable and highly controversial films. For example, EMPEROR TOMATO KETCHUP is his epic, sexually revolutionary and hallucinatory work from 1972 in which ‘magical women act as the initiatory, yet protectively maternal sexual partners to children. The children, in revolt, have condemned their parents to death for depriving them of self-expression and sexual freedom; they create a society in which fairies and sex education are equally important and literally combinable.’ Ñamos Vogel, Film as a Subversive Art” Description from UbuWeb

Watch his experimental films here: http://www.ubu.com/film/terayama.html

Watch the full length film Pastoral: To Die in the Country here:

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