Kusa-meikyu (Grass Labyrinth) (1983)
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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.
This is one hell of a visually incredible short from Terayama. The use of color, scenery, and surreal imagery makes it hypnotically beautiful and ethereal. The plot, as well, aids in that sort of dreamlike, floating feel as a young man searches for the lyrics to a song from his childhood, wandering through his own subconscious. While it stands well on its own, it'd also work brilliantly as a companion piece to Pastoral seeing as there are some similar themes and motifs at work here. Still, overall I think Pastoral is the better film, but had I not seen that one first I'm sure this would have blown my mind.
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