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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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Surreal and wild satire
6 March 2001 | by sharptongueSee all my reviews

I hardly know where to start in describing this film. The story is told in flashback, as a conversation. From memory, there are about five flashback episodes, the longest covering the wedding of a young man, where the bride fails to show but the wedding proceeds. The young man continues the farce by attempting to have sex with a large pillow which he calls "darling".

The remainder of the film is just as weird, but I found it completely engrossing. Oshima appears to be attacking many aspects of Japanese modern culture with his scalpel-sharp satirical wit.

Not a film for everyone, but highly recommended nevertheless.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

7 February 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Japan

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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