Taking place in postwar Japan, The Ceremony follows a Japanese clan through their wedding and funeral ceremonies, and the lengths the family goes to preserve their traditions in spite of the damage it causes to the younger generations.
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The soundtrack is amazing. I love Oshima, because he's not afraid. Grandfather is a proud war criminal, who can't seem to stop being evil, and spreads shame and suicide in the family. To add to the insanity, there's the surreal wedding with an invisible bride. After the wedding, Masuo becomes confused as to who or what he's supposed to hump. Nothing but misery for him.
Un clan dans un théâtre, des visages comme des masques, des rapports absurdes et vides, la déroute japonaise après la défaite. Une parole crue et violente, des cérémonies glaciales où les personnages errent et se déchirent, témoignent de l'irréversible mort d'une civilisation.Et au japon c'est un suicide. C'est puissant et absolu comme un chef d'oeuvre