A monster-piece? A masterpiece! Seijun Suzuki's aesthetics meet CGI, bringing the classic Japanese operetta Tanuki Goten back to life!
Young prince Amechiyo, hunted by his own father because of his beauty, falls in love with a racoon princess from China, guided by the hands of fate. A star-studded cast, including the leading couple Zhang Ziyi and Joe Odagiri, give a peculiar yet fascinating performance. Even in the song and dance scenes, the world-renowned Seijun Suzuki never loses sight of his surreal visual aesthetics, creating a psychedelic extravaganza. The art by Takeo Kimura, Suzuki’s close friend, and the screenplay by Yoshio Urasawa, the writer behind Toei Fushigi Comedy Series, only adds to the craziness. Enjoy the non-stop, one-of-a-kind, 111-minutes ride!
Director Seijun Suzuki
Actor Zhang Ziyi, Joe Odagiri, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Mikijiro Hira, Saori Yuki, Hibari Misora (digital performance)
Japan｜ 2004｜ 111min｜ ｜
- Love romance
Seijun Suzuki [Film Director]
Suzuki was born in 1923 in Tokyo. In 1943, he was recruited by the Imperial Japanese Army to serve as a student soldier. He joined Shochiku in 1948 but later, in 1954, moved to Nikkatsu. He consolidated his reputation with works that fit in the “program picture” genre, such as Youth of the Beast (1963), Carmen from Kawachi (1966), Tokyo Drifter (1966), and Fighting Elegy (1966). After directing Branded to Kill (1967), he left Nikkatsu for a decade of obscurity. His 1980 work, Zigeunerweisen, won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. The unique visuals greatly inspired filmmakers both inside and outside Japan.
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