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Emperor Tomato Ketchup (1971)

Tomato Kecchappu Kôtei (original title)
A subversive short film from director Shuuji Terayama.


Shûji Terayama (as Shuuji Terayama)


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Goro Abashiri Goro Abashiri
Tarô Apollo Tarô Apollo
Shiro Demaemochi Shiro Demaemochi
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Maya Kaba Maya Kaba
Keiko Niitaka Keiko Niitaka
Masako Ono Masako Ono
Salvador Tari Salvador Tari


A subversive short film from director Shuuji Terayama.

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Release Date:

1971 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Emperor Tomato Ketchup See more »

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Art Theatre Guild See more »
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Technical Specs


(1971) | (1996)


Black and White (tinted) (1996 72-minute version)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Alternate Versions

Black and white version - 28 minutes long See more »


Edited from Janken sensô (1971) See more »

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The director should be physically abused
5 July 2005 | by b1lskirnirSee all my reviews

I found this at the West Coast Video in Pittsburg in the middle of a shelf marked "Five Seconds To Live." The synopsis on the back seemed interesting and the guy behind the counter highly recommended it. If I ever see him again, I will shoot him in the throat for saying that.

SUMMARY: This cult B&W Japanese film from the 1970s analyzes the result of a colony in which children overthrow the control of their parents and attempt to form a new society. Their plan spirals out of control and they are soon lost in a web of sexual deviation and violence.

At least that's what I'd like to think it was about.

OKAY NOW, forget what you've seen on Mystery Science Theater 3000; this is quite simply the worst movie I have ever seen. If you have ever wondered what it would look like if you took a bunch of random video clips of absolutely ANYTHING, put them together in an editing program, and pressed a button called "Create Movie," you would get something along the lines of Emperor Tomato Ketchup.

I do not mean to say that this movie is not interesting, by all means it absolutely is. I mean, if you consider the dancing old woman in the field who has about 20 minutes of uninterrupted screen time from a single camera shot, the naked children stuffed into closets, a midget decapitating a chicken, two men playing Rock-Paper-Scissors and physically injuring the loser in various ways over the course of another 20 minutes, and the disgusting abundance of child pornography, it is quite possibly the most interesting video I've seen in a while. But bear in mind that "interesting" and "good" are not synonymous. On many levels, the directors, actors, and all involved, regardless of whatever socio-political significance this movie attempted to create, should be physically abused for making this movie.

If you have the patience, enjoy it in whatever way "enjoy" applies to anything involved in the viewing of this bizarre film, though I recommend making use of your DVDs scan rate to watch this in AT LEAST 8x speed for maximum enjoyment. If not, then you're probably better off that way.

Note: For the record, there are two versions: only black-and-white which is under 30 minutes, another just under 60 in poor-quality sepia tone. They are both equally bad, though it's best to watch them back-to-back starting with the B&W one.

Interesting quirk though: my friend's West Coast Video account got revoked shortly afterward for returning this and another video late, in addition to renting this movie which was marked "Over 21 only" on the cover, despite how one of the clerks recommended it. Unfortunately, the "Who cares if you're 21? Child pornography's illegal for everyone!" argument didn't work.

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