Japan 2021

Fire Festival

Himatsuri

Yanagimachi’s breathtaking, austere fable follows a lumberjack who resists development in his remote fishing village.

Image from Fire Festival

Japan 1984
Dir Mitsuo Yanagimachi
With Kinya Kitaôji, Kiwako Taichi, Norihei Miki, Junko Miyashita
126min
35mm
English subtitles

A lumberjack in a remote fishing village resists development in this breathtaking fable, which mingles the earthy and everyday with the mysticism of Shinto lore, and slowly builds towards a devastating climax. An admirer of Mizoguchi and Bresson, Yanagimachi directed a sequence of austere and haunting dramas; this film, which he called a study of ‘the relationship between nature and man’, is considered his masterpiece.