Pastoral: To Die in the Country

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Pastoral: To Die in the Country
Film poster
Directed by Shūji Terayama
Produced by Eiko Kujo
Kinshirô Kuzui
Shūji Terayama
Written by Shūji Terayama
Starring Kantaro Suga
Cinematography Tatsuo Suzuki
Edited by Sachiko Yamaji
Release date
  • 28 December 1974 (1974-12-28)
Running time
115 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Pastoral: To Die in the Country (田園に死す, Den-en ni shisu), also known as Pastoral Hide and Seek, is a 1974 Japanese drama film directed by Shūji Terayama. It was entered into the 1975 Cannes Film Festival.[1]



In a 2011 case for the film's release into The Criterion Collection, Robert Nishimura lauded Pastoral: To Die in the Country as "an important film by an important filmmaker". He cited its "effortless phantasmagorical freedom" and referred to the work as "so unique and spellbinding that it transcends all classification."[2]


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Pastoral: To Die in the Country". Retrieved 27 April 2009. 
  2. ^ Nishimura, Robert (6 December 2011). "THREE REASONS FOR CRITERION CONSIDERATION: Shuji Terayama’s PASTORAL, TO DIE FOR THE COUNTRY (1974)". IndieWire. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 

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