Fire Festival (Himatsuri) (1984)





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Himatsuri is based on a real life tragedy, in which a Japanese man inexplicably slaughtered his family and then killed himself. Kinya Kitaoji plays the thoroughly self-centered "protagonist," who does what he pleases no matter who he hurts. No one dares question Kitaoji due to his blasting-cap temperament. The only thing Kitaoji holds sacred is the land around him, but he's willing to destroy even that to have his own way. He befouls a lake that is sacred to the Shinto religion, spilling oil into the waters rather than letting them fall into the hands of land speculators. Suddenly experiencing a religious awakening, Kitaoji decides to "atone" -- by murdering his family, then committing suicide. No explanations are offered by director Kenji Nakagami: one takes what one wishes from Himatsuri. The film was released to some English-speaking markets as Fire Festival. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama
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Kiwako Taichi
as Kimiko
Norihei Miki
as Yamakawa
Kin Sugai
as Tatsuo's Mother
Aoi Nakajima
as Kimiko's sister
Eiichi Kudo
as Driver
Jukei Fujioka
as Lumberman
Masatô Ibu
as Baker
Kinya Kitaoji
as Tatsuo
Ban Kojika
as Smith
Ippei Sooda
as Lumberman
Nenji Kobayashi
as Lumberman
Kenzo Kaneko
as Kimiko's brother-in-law
Sachiko Matsushita
as Tatsuo's Sister
Aiko Morishita
as Teacher
Masako Yagi
as Tatsuo's Sister
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Intensely dramatic and visually riveting, this highlight of Japanese cinema contrasts modernism and rural traditionalism through the struggle of one man who's at one with nature.

Full Review… | August 16, 2012

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June 19, 2005

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Full Review… | July 30, 2003
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