Friday, September 02, 2011
Farewell to the Ark(1984)
Director: Shuji Terayama
Writers:Gabriel García Márquez (novel)
Runtime: 127 min
There is a legend that the married couple who also are cousins have a tailed child at this village. Sutekichi and Sue are cousins, and they marry against the kinsfolk. But Sue wears the chasity band, so they can't making love. One day, Sutekichi kills Daisaku who is a relative at a cockpit. After then, Daisaku's ghost appears and Sutekichi is losing 'the words' of everything.
In a tale that is visually stunning in certain segments, director Shuji Terayama (who died before this movie was released) has woven a spell of magic and social reprobation around the forbidden love of two cousins. Su-e (Mayumi Ogawa) and her cousin Sutekichi (Tsutomu Yamazaki), a descendant of one of the village clans, live together but have been forbidden by her father to have sexual contact. Like other villagers, he believes that if cousins have children together, the children will suffer serious birth defects. His remedy is to make Su-e wear a large, ugly chastity belt. Unable to take the ridicule of his fellow villagers, Sutekichi stabs the head of the clan to death and then runs away with Su-e. After some time elapses, the two make their way back to the village, but by then Sutekichi is suffering the effects of his actions.