Pitfall ★★★½

My first Teshigahara. I'm glad I started with this. Pitfall is quite unique. It's primarily a surrealist mystery surrounding a conspiracy behind a string of murders by a figure who both acts as an allegory for death and as a symbol for the 'upper class'. It also portrays a harsh look at Japanese industry in a film that's wrought with anti-capitalist undertones signifying the plight of the worker. There's also crime, horror and the dread of existentialism all amplified through magnificent sound design and a well-written plot that's rich with thematic complexity. 

Absolutely brilliant viewing.

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