A freestyle, imagined telling of the life of shaman queen Himiko, who falls in love with her half-brother, making her powers weaken thus putting her position to risk.

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Masao Kusakari ...
Takehiko
Rie Yokoyama ...
Adahime
Chôichirô Kawarasaki ...
Mimaki
Kenzô Kawarasaki ...
Ikume
Yoshi Katô ...
Ohkimi
Jun Hamamura ...
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Tsuchimi Kurata
Teishiro Nishijima
Mitsugu Fujita
Tadashi Yoshizumi
Mayumi Kyô
Akio Marubayashi
Akemi Harada
Yôko Shibata
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A freestyle, imagined telling of the life of shaman queen Himiko, who falls in love with her half-brother, making her powers weaken thus putting her position to risk.

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Another Japanese cinematic piece of art from the previous century.
9 September 2015 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

First off: much thanks to IMDb users mevmijaumau and psteier for their enlightening reviews on 'Himiko'. Personally, I couldn't think of more than 'Shakespearian' as far as the story is concerned. And the ending must have inspired M. Night Shyamalan for 'The village' (2004), right?

Back to 'Himiko'. A wonderful, but rather extreme (violence, incest) tale of a couple of Japanese clans who are at war with each other. Was it just the 'land' people versus the 'sun' people? I thought there were 'mountain' in there, too? Or are they the same as the 'land' people? I'm not sure, as I am unsure about many other details. A good excuse to watch it again sometime, because beyond the story, this is a terrific, vivid piece of cinema that deserves to be seen more than once.

I especially enjoyed the various costumes (the court men, or the ones 'dressed in grass'), but also the settings and the long, impressive monologues and the elaborate punishment (of Takehiko) scene. But perhaps that is unfair toward all the other scenes, because it was all captivating.

An impressive ancient tale with a modern twist at the end. 9 out of 10.


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