Horrifyingly beautiful images and ideas, full of irony and disgust, and as evil as they are perfectly logical (children dressed as a Holy Fascist Emperor, or dressed as Klansman, or dragging a corpse through the street to a happy pop song). There may be a crucifixion involved with a threesome at some point. Please enjoy your regularly scheduled apocalypse.
Terayama’s great satire on the various, then current, violent revolutionary tendencies in Japan, Emperor Tomato Ketchup shows a world where children have staged a violent coup and conduct ongoing war with the adults, who, up until then, have subjugated them. It needs to be stressed, however, that the children enact everything in this movie with a serious sense of play.
Political satire done right; ugly and moments of endearment. There were moments where I was enchanted by its playfulness... and then disgusted by its playfulness! Outside of the satire, you have a mock propaganda movie that experiments with the medium in a way that feel so refreshing! With its over exposed scenes and performance pieces, its a whimsical cross section between avant grade and narrative filmmaking!
This is the common problem of most films; they don't edit their work, even though their statement can be understood in just a minute or less. Metaphors and other hidden messages on films can be made in a very short period of time but a statements that last for more than a minute is exhausting.. It is ok, but really hard to watch...