Himatsuri

Directed by Mitsuo Yanagimachi

Year: 1984
Running Time: 120
Color Type: Color
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese w/English subt. [audio]
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Himatsuri

Cast
Kinya Kitaoji
Kiwako Taichi
Ryota Nakamoto
Junko Miyashita

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Directed by Mitsuo Yanagimachi


Based on actual events, Himatsuri is the visually striking, sexually daring, and frighteningly violent tale of a secluded Japanese fishing village on the brink of modernization.

When a developer comes to propose a tourist park, only the lumberjack Tatsuo embodies the spiritual link to nature that the community must sacrifice in order to prosper. Tatsuo's decisive moment comes during the Annual Fire Festival, a celebration that is said to go back two thousand years -- its ceremonies remaining virtually unchanged.

At the peak of the libidinal revelry, the answer to the town's dilemma is revealed to Tatsuo, and he realizes that only through a purifying act of violence can his tormented spirit be placated.

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"One of the Year's Ten Best!" -- The Village Voice, Film Comment, The Los Angeles Times

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