Japanese Film Festival | Satellite
Shuji Terayama

Labyrinth in the Field


Directed by: Shuji Terayama

Year: 1979

Length: 40 minutes

Classification rating: Unclassified 18+

Screens in: Melbourne

Originally included in a French movie package called Private Collections, Labyrinth in the field unfolds as an emblematic palette of all Terayama’s favourite themes and imagery.

The story revolves around a young boy’s Oedipal obsession with the lyrics to a lullaby about a bouncing ball that his mother used to sing to him as a child. His journey takes him through lost memories and forgotten experiences that ultimately seem to unfold an unforgivable and long-hidden truth. Labyrinth in the field is a tale about attraction, obsession, seduction and sexual repression, all elegantly unraveled through Terayama’s symbolic and erotic storytelling techniques and unique choice of landscapes and colours. The avant-garde use of multiple artistic media reaches its peak in the unconventional yet sensual image of a calligraphed naked body on a seashore, suggesting how the body itself is a canvas for us to paint our story onto and a channel to express our true and deepest desires.


ACMI, Melbourne

Director: Shuji Terayama

Genre: Classics

Category: Shuji Terayama

Format: 35mm colour