Kusa-meikyu (Grass Labyrinth) (1983)

Kusa-meikyu (Grass Labyrinth)


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In this 40-minute avant-garde film based on a story by the surrealist writer Kyoka Izumi, director Shuji Terayama uses the pretext of a young man's determination to recover the lyrics and music to a song he loved in his childhood in an exploration of widely variant perceptions of reality. Akira (Takeshi Wakamatsu) is haunted by a "bouncing ball" song that he remembers his mother singing when he was a small child, and now on the verge of a sexually active adulthood, he wants to find the origins … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Unfolds slowly even at 40 minutes but contains many arresting visuals. The resolution was something of a letdown following a collection of very bizarre dream sequences.

Interesting to discover Shuji Terayama also directed a short film called Emperor Tomato Ketchup, which was lifted by the European electropop band Stereolab for their most critically acclaimed album in 1996.

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