Shūji Terayama
September 26, 2009 6:08 PM   Subscribe

Three short films from avant-garde director Shūji Terayama -- The Cage ll Emperor Tomato Ketchup (NSFW) ll Labyrinth Tale + this 6 min. clip from Pastoral: To Die in the Country
posted by vronsky (8 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
long version of Emperor Tomato Ketchup
posted by vronsky at 6:09 PM on September 26, 2009

NSFW. Administrator, please hope vronsky.

Interesting stuff.

Music in the second segment of Emperor Tomato Ketchup reminds me a bit of J.A. Seazer's duel songs for Shoujo Kakumei Utena. What is it that is so damned creepy about choral music in a minor key?
posted by Slithy_Tove at 7:19 PM on September 26, 2009

And here I was thinking this was going to be about Stereolab.
posted by dunkadunc at 7:48 PM on September 26, 2009

<3 terayama syuuzi
posted by odasaku at 7:58 PM on September 26, 2009

And here I was thinking this was going to be about Stereolab.

Yeah, I'm just getting it together to watch this with the album a la the Oz/Dark Side thing...

Not sure either piece need the added weirdness though...
posted by pompomtom at 5:42 AM on September 27, 2009

You probably meant Shōji and I don’t think ll is a way to separate links. (Perhaps you meant ¶.)
posted by joeclark at 9:56 AM on September 27, 2009

Here is a better essay on Terayama and ETK. Here are some stills and posters.

The internet is amazing. I remember ordering Terayama (and Bunuel) films from a place in Chicago and it would take weeks to get them, and the films were on Hi-8. Now everything is just a google away.
posted by vronsky at 10:11 AM on September 27, 2009

You know, if I signed up my kid to be in a movie and the director told me "yeah, we're going to have him playing table tennis with a bound, naked woman instead of the net" I would be all like "now hold on just a minute there dude."
posted by nanojath at 1:11 PM on September 27, 2009 [1 favorite]

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