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Heroic Purgatory (1970)

Rengoku eroica (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy | 26 September 1970 (Japan)
An engineer's wife returns home with a lost teenager. A man posing as her dad tries to get her back, causing the engineer to recall his youth as a revolutionary, obscured by dreamlike disruptions of time and space, fantasy and reality.

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Yoshishige Yoshida

Writer:

Masahiro Yamada
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Cast overview:
Mariko Okada Mariko Okada ... Nanako
Kaizo Kamoda Kaizo Kamoda
Naho Kimura Naho Kimura ... Jyoko
Yoshiaki Makita Yoshiaki Makita ... Shu
Kaneko Iwasaki Kaneko Iwasaki ... Atsuko
Tôru Takeuchi Tôru Takeuchi ... Kiyoshi
Kazumi Tsutsui Kazumi Tsutsui ... Ayu
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An engineer's wife returns home with a lost teenager. A man posing as her dad tries to get her back, causing the engineer to recall his youth as a revolutionary, obscured by dreamlike disruptions of time and space, fantasy and reality.

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Country:

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 September 1970 (Japan) See more »

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Heroic Purgatory See more »

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The second movie in Yoshishige Yoshida's unofficial trilogy on Japanese radicalism. The other two titles are Erosu purasu gyakusatsu (1969) and Kaigenrei (1973). See more »

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Artsy and experimental movie
31 December 2011 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

This is a movie that was made in the late '60s, early '70s period of Japan when Japan influenced by the Hippie culture was experimenting with their own brand of Avant Garde culture that was sometimes called "Angura". This is shortened Japanese pronunciation for "Underground". As the word suggests, these were experimental non-mainstream production that explored much about free sex, and anti establishment view of the world. Rengoku Eroica was made during the period of such social movement. The director of this movie, Yoshishige Yoshida (Sometimes pronounced Kijyu Yoshida) always had Avant Garde taste to his movies. He was one of the directors that were part of movement called Nuberu bagu ( from the French nouvelle vague) or Japanese New Wave. This can be seen in movie such as Amai Yoru No Hate (1961) starring Masahiko Tsugawa. So this movie was a perfect match for the director. The movie also stars his wife Mariko Okada as the mother of the young rebellious daughter.

The core story of this movie is bit like cheap science fiction. There's would be rocket scientist, guerrillas trying to kidnap an ambassador, wife, daughter that plays disjointed story segments that takes sudden detours in topics that keeps things away from from reality.

It was escapism that had intellectual pride at its core. Youth then were running away from responsibility, but were justifying it in many philosophical smoke and mirror. If you watch this movie, you can see this clearly, as you can't pin down who's responsible for what, and everything is just a play without any reality.

This type of movie rapidly lost favor with the public after the late '60s, and Yoshida himself had to move away from making movies to making TV documentaries. What a drastic swing from non-reality to pure reality. Other directors who were part of Japanese New Wave such as Nagisa Ooshima had to go to France to continue his movie making.

Experimental, and artsy, but the movie has no substance. It's interesting to watch, but don't expect to get anything deep from this movie.


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