Questions arise endlessly and circle around one topic: what is the definition of self-perception? Its implications unleash an indefinite number of existential possibilities. Teshigahara's last experimental offering is an unparalleled work of art, regarded by many to be "pretentious" in its artsy imagery. Oh, people, if you could just wake up, open your eyes and see the film as the brilliant satire it is. "A satire of what", I hear you say? This treats the individual's absolutely atrocious dependence towards a visual image and a physical appearance to display personality and behavioral patterns in order to be "unique". This statement, however, gives birth to two ironic, factual contradictions:
1) We are all unique by definition, regardless of your beliefs.
2) Your personality and conducts have already been influenced, if not by media and stereotyping, thanks to your surrounding societal environment.
Hence, this is a cinematic treasure of pure genius and audacity.