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Inspired by Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, Terayama’s final and elaborate opus takes place on a remote Okinawan island, where a mythical time law rules and shapes memories, life and even death. Sutekichi and his cousin Su-e love each other, attracting the attention and insults of the superstitious inhabitants of an isolated village beyond time. When Sutekichi murders his rival Daisaku, the couple decides to flee from the village, but Sutekichi is haunted by Daisaku’s ghost and increasingly affected by the unforgiving course of time. In a parallel storyline, green tones and dreamlike filters imprison a young girl in an estranged timeline, where she leads a solitary life due to a dreadful and unforgiving curse. Time and its undeniable irreversibility are the focus of Terayama’s film, which starts with the “burial” of time in its opening sequence, and ends with the completion of this uncanny cycle.
Wednesday 8th September