A seasoned detective is called in to rescue a politician held hostage by a lunatic. In a brief moment of uncertainty, he misses the chance for action. Leaving his job and family without explanation, he makes his way to a mountain forest, where there is a peculiar tree called charisma.
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(on the side all social metaphors) as if our perspective was from the eyes of trees, in moments it seemed like they are steadily (and even indifferently) observing a creation of a myth. and together with myths they will live thousands of years. peter hutton made completely silent films in which you can hear the wind, kurosawa made films with trees coated in smiling trunks.
What Kiyoshi created here is an illogical, Seijun-like forest-remnant-space. As his other work, there's no specific clues or resorts to solve the mysterious events. There are repetitive and self-reproductive allegories which has been rooted from kidnap failure in the opening. After that it's all vague, suggestive series of physical reenactments of allegories. Strangely it works.