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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