Visually interesting, however I'm not sure to what extend the photography is decisive to bring understanding about the characters or the narrative. A film that is first and foremost about how cinema, personal memory, trauma and History entangle, drawing this sense of mise-en-abyme. I also recognize a psychoanalytical approach, but I'm not sure of how influential those theories were to the Japanese avant-garde.
Beautiful, poetic, and so damn phantasmagorical. 'tis that farewell to Japanese rural life and culture... and it's quite lovely to see the kaleidoscope of wild, crazy, oddness and insanity Terayama portrays pastoral life to be, in contrast to the banal, dreary, insignificant post-postmodern urban life he illustrates. So very lovely. A lifetime of viewings to capture all the twists and turns in the heart of this film.