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Emperor Tomato Ketchup (1971)

Tomato Kecchappu Kôtei (original title)
| Drama | 1971 (Japan)

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Goro Abashiri
Tarô Apollo
Shiro Demaemochi
Mitsufumi Hashimoto
Maya Kaba
Keiko Niitaka
Masako Ono
Salvador Tari
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Terayama: elliptic, poetic, surrealist ways
5 November 2005 | by (France) – See all my reviews

I recently saw the short b&w version of the movie, the accusation of child pornography is irrelevant. It is obvious it's not Terayama's intention: the nude scenes aren't so much erotic than somehow grotesque and touching. The children appear helpless and clumsy with their power. I saw something of a fable about this vanity: the children unable to understand why they should even HAVE the power, yet wanting it... I didn't know there was a long version of the movie so i imagined Terayama chose an elliptic, poetic, surrealist way of expressing things. He uses images for the power that is inherent to their nature, and not as mere substitute to words. Now i would like to see it in its full length to be sure about all this. Nevertheless, another of his movies, the 1977 20 min. long "Film de l'ombre" ("Movie of the shadow" (?)) definitely demonstrates that his cinematographic language may well be non-direct and poetic. I definitely recommend it to those who like poetry in the cinema (somewhat difficult to stumble upon though). Cheers, Boyan


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