Crazy stuff. Terayama is the ultimate scream against conformism. You can think it does not get much further than green images and formal/superficial protest but i find the film really violent and edgy. Poetry and rock´n roll is more or less his moto. It reminded me a lot of "Funeral parade of roses" of course but even more radical. Cinema does not get much more political than that.
At the end of the movie the main character describes his dream of an airplane. ".. I was falling and falling ... I don't know why ... and as I was falling I thought, 'There's nothing to hold on to.'" I think Prince said it best, "I embarked on a journey more fascinating than I could ever imagine, but a word to the wise to the young artists without spiritual guidance. Too much freedom can lead to spiritual decline."
Proto-punk rage. Observations on how pointless everything really is and how cowardly and immoral grown-ups can be are themes expertly recognised as seen through the eyes of self-righteous youth. A punch in the chest. A call to arms. A soundtrack that will blow your head off. Way ahead of its time.