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Farewell to the Ark (1984)

Saraba hakobune (original title)
A surreal, isolated village sees its inhabitants gradually leave behind their mutual traditions and superstitions as they leave for the city. Among them are two cousins who love each other and who get into a quarrel with other villagers.

Director:

Shûji Terayama
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tsutomu Yamazaki ... Sutekichi Tokito
Mayumi Ogawa Mayumi Ogawa ... Sue Tokito
Yoshio Harada ... Daisaki Tokito
Yôko Takahashi Yôko Takahashi ... Temari
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hideyo Amamoto ... Key maker
Renji Ishibashi ... Yonetaro Tokito
Hôsei Komatsu Hôsei Komatsu
Seiji Miyaguchi Seiji Miyaguchi ... Old man
Keiko Niitaka Keiko Niitaka ... Tsubana
Hitomi Takahashi ... Chigusa
Takeshi Wakamatsu Takeshi Wakamatsu ... Dai
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A surreal, isolated village sees its inhabitants gradually leave behind their mutual traditions and superstitions as they leave for the city. Among them are two cousins who love each other and who get into a quarrel with other villagers.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

8 September 1984 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Farewell to the Ark See more »

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Mono

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'Shuji Terayama''s last movie. See more »

Quotes

Key maker: We've come for your clock!
Sue Tokito: Why?
Key maker: It's really confusing to have two clocks in the village.
Villager: That's just how it is!
Key maker: This clock breaks the rules!
Villager: We can't tell the real time because of it!
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Terayama's Last
2 January 2018 | by EdgarSTSee all my reviews

I liked this film very much, but the connection with Gabriel García Márquez is so thin that I would not credit "Cien años de soledad" as source. It could have inspired Terayama in the same way someone writes a poem after hearing an inspiring symphony. Sometimes the film looks and sounds more Fellini-Rota to me than Colombia, but the really fascinating images and sounds are those culturally linked to Japan. I am not a specialist in cultures, I only respond emotionally to this product, which has a dark tone and complex idiosyncratic background that is rarely present in the world of light and color of García Márquez. Although Gabo's works can be dark and complex, this motion picture has the scent of an ancient world and culture. A bit rambling sometimes, but a very good audiovisual experience.


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