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Pastoral Hide and Seek (1974)
"Den-en ni shisu" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  28 December 1974 (Japan)
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A young boys' coming of age tale set in a strange, carnivalesque village becomes the recreation of a memory that the director has twenty years later.



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Credited cast:
Kantarô Suga ...
Hiroyuki Takano ...
Me, as a boy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sen Hara ...
Phantom of old woman
Masumi Harukawa
Isao Kimura ...
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Keiko Niitaka
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Tengu Kurama
Kaoru Yachigusa


A young boys' coming of age tale set in a strange, carnivalesque village becomes the recreation of a memory that the director has twenty years later.

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5 December 2004 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best surreal film ever made right along Alejandro Jodorowsky's "Fando and Lis", Frank Zappa's "200 Motels", and Wojciech Has's "The Saragossa Manuscript." The film is based on Terayama's original play and series of his haiku about his childhood (IMDb's biography on Terayama is excellent and will give you in-depth view of Terayama's art.) The film has timeless Freudian theme about the adolescent trauma, loss of innocence, and deconstruction of self and memories. I have a Japanese VHS copy and watched with my American friends. I tried to translate dialogue as much as possible, it is very hard to keep up with the pace of film and especially his haiku are very hard to translate. However, even with my poor translation, my friends loved the film. I still think in order to understand Terayama's intention of the film, it is important to appreciate his haiku.

I was wondering how I could get a copy with English subtitle. I want to share the film with American friends. If you have seen this film in the U.S., let me know where you have seen it.

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