The film shows the disintegration of a poor family at a time when all society is trapped in its pursuit of affluence. The young son of the family is ambitious to escape his social rut, establish his independence and live out life’s adventures but his efforts soon give place to disillusionment.
Shūji Terayama (December 10, 1935—May 4, 1983) was an avant-garde Japanese poet, dramatist, writer, film director, and photographer. According to many critics and supporters, he was one of the most productive and provocative creative artists to come out of Japan. He was born December 10, 1935, the only son of Hachiro and Hatsu Terayama in Hirosaki city in the northern Japanese prefecture of Aomori. His father died at the end of Pacific War in Indonesia in September 1945. At the age of nine, his mother moved to Kyūshū to work at an American military base while he himself went to live with relatives in the city of Misawa, also in Aomori. At this same time, Terayama lived through the Aomori air raids that killed more than 30,000 people.
Terayama entered Aomori Prefectural Aomori High School in 1951, and in 1954 went to prestigious Waseda University’s Faculty of Education to study Japanese language and literature. However, he soon dropped out because he fell ill with nephrotic syndrome… read more
Probably the best one to grasp Terayama's style. Beautifully destructive and symbolically spacious. Both lyrical and tragic, eclectic in music and montage, this film shows us the whimsical path of being young and absorbed in illusions.