Emperor Tomato Ketchup (film)

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Emperor Tomato Ketchup
Hepburn Tomato Kechappu Kōtei
Directed by Shūji Terayama
Produced by Art Theatre Guild
Written by Shūji Terayama
Starring Keiko Niitaka
Salvador Tari
Distributed by Daguerreo Press
Release date
  • 1971 (1971)
  • January 27, 1996 (1996-01-27)
Running time
27 min (1971)
75 min (1996)
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Emperor Tomato Ketchup (トマトケチャップ皇帝 Tomato Kechappu Kōtei?) is a Japanese short experimental film made by Shūji Terayama and released in 1971 at 27 minutes. The original "Director's Cut" version of the film as created in 1970 was re-edited from repaired original prints and released as a 75-minute feature in 1996, 13 years after Terayama's death.[1][2]


A young boy is the emperor of a country in which children have overthrown the adults.



The British alternative rock band Stereolab named their 1996 album Emperor Tomato Ketchup after the film.


  1. ^ トマトケチャップ皇帝 (in Japanese). jmdb.ne.jp JMDB. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  2. ^ あらすじ・解説 - トマトケチャップ皇帝 オリジナル完全版 (in Japanese). movie.goo.ne.jp. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 

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