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The Ceremony (1971)

Gishiki (original title)
Upon receiving a shocking telegram from his cousin, a man recounts his early life, as a member of a broad family full of dark secrets that slowly reveal themselves through the clan ceremonies.

Director:

Nagisa Ôshima
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenzô Kawarasaki Kenzô Kawarasaki ... Sakurada Masuo
Atsuko Kaku Atsuko Kaku ... Sakurada Ritsuko
Atsuo Nakamura Atsuo Nakamura ... Tachibana Terumichi
Kiyoshi Tsuchiya Kiyoshi Tsuchiya ... Sakurada Tadashi
Nobuko Otowa ... Sakurada Shizu
Hôsei Komatsu ... Sakurada Isamu
Rokkô Toura Rokkô Toura ... Sakurada Mori
Fumio Watanabe ... Sakurada Shun
Shizue Kawarazaki Shizue Kawarazaki ... Sakurada Tomiko
Chisako Hara Chisako Hara ... Isamu's flower girl
Maki Takayama Maki Takayama ... Sakurada Kiku
Sue Mitobe Sue Mitobe ... Sakurada Chiyo
Ryuichi Tsubaki Ryuichi Tsubaki ... Masuo -Teenager
Yumi Narushima Yumi Narushima ... Ritsuko - teenager
Yoshiaki Ota Yoshiaki Ota ... Terumichi - teenager
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Upon receiving a shocking telegram from his cousin, a man recounts his early life, as a member of a broad family full of dark secrets that slowly reveal themselves through the clan ceremonies.

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Comedy | Drama

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Featured in The Man Who Left His Soul on Film (1984) See more »

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Darkness, trauma, misfortune
15 June 2020 | by kurtralskeSee all my reviews

A boy experiences traumas during WWII (which we don't see), and the subsequent 25 years of his life are a continuation of those traumas. Oshima skillfully depicts Japan's post-war evolution, and the ways the dark secrets of the past live on within the present. Gishiki is by no means an enjoyable film: the main character experiences nothing but losses, misfortunes, and humiliations. But this is a dark truth of life: anyone who lives long enough accumulates losses and failures, and for some, perhaps everything else is overtaken. In the end, the main character is left alone with nothing except his lost dreams and his endlessly repeating traumas. A very sad film, but one I'm glad to have seen.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

7 February 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ceremony See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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