A series of surreal images that overrun the screen just like smallpox infests the body. The bandaged face of a man is juxtaposed against images of snails crawling across it; someone hammers nails into dying patients; automaton-like people play pool. The title refers to a performance by Hijikata Tatsumi, one of the masters of the Butoh dance.
(1935-1983), one of the most prominent avant-garde reformers of Japanese cinema and theater. He became an unrivaled intellectual, nonconformist and unyielding fanatic, as well as an artist who was deemed scandalous and subversive, an enfant terrible, who managed to revise his native tradition. Famous internationally primarily as the founder of the legendary alternative Tenjō Sajiki theater, he directed a series of films with strong autobiographical themes, including a counter-cultural manifesto based on the collage method Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets, or Death in the Country, which critics compared and contrasted to Federico Fellini's Eight and a Half, and near the end of his life to create his own version of Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude in Farewell to the Ark, where Macondo culture permeates Japanese myths and beliefs. As a total artist, Terayama not only mixed different genres and conventions, but combined the cinema with theater, destroying the "fourth wall" between the viewer and the artist.
1971 Rzućmy książki, wyjdźmy na ulice! / Sho o suteyo machi e deyō / Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets
1974 Wiejska ciuciubabka / Den'en ni shisu / Pastoral: To Die in the Country (aka Pastoral Hide and Seek)
1977 Bokser / Bokusā / Boxer
1981 Owoce namiętności / Shanhai Ijin Shōkan / Fruits of Passion
1984 Żegnaj, Arko! / Saraba hakobune / Farewell to the Ark