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Untama Giru Details


Okinawan-born filmmaker Go Takamine directs this hallucinogenic Robin Hood-style tale set in the director's native island in 1969. Giru (Kaoru Kobayashi) works at a sugar refinery populated by some unusual characters: one is the owner's curvy mistress Mare (Chikako Aoyama), who lounges about the mill smoking a hookah and occasionally transmogrifying into a pig; the other is Kijimura (Eiko Miyamoto), a tree sprite with a sweet tooth who visits the factory every day for its daily fix. Giru spends much of his work day fantasizing about making love to the beautiful Mare, particularly in her non-porcine form. One day, his dreams come true when he and Mare walk into an enchanted forest. Unfortunately, Nishihara-oyakata (Susumu Taira), Giru's blind boss, gets wind of this and vows vengeance. Soon, Giru is forced to flee into the woods where he encounters Kijimura who gives him magical powers. Giru uses his powers to rob U.S. Army bases and large Japanese corporations, and uses the proceeds to fight for Okinawan independence. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi


Kaoru Kobayashi
as Giru
John Sayles
as High commissioner
Chikako Aoyama
as Mare


Go Takamine
Go Takamine
Masaki Tamura
Hiroshi Yoshida