Shiki-Jitsu (式日, Shikijitsu, lit. "ritual day" or "ceremonial day"), also known as Ritual, is a 2000 Japanese psychological drama film written and directed by Hideaki Anno. It is based on the novella Tōhimu by Ayako Fujitani, who also stars alongside Shunji Iwai.[1]

Directed byHideaki Anno
Written byHideaki Anno
Based onTōhimu
by Ayako Fujitani
Produced by
  • Miyuki Nanri
  • Nozomu Takahashi
CinematographyYuichi Nagata
Edited bySoichi Ueno
Music byTakashi Kako
Distributed byTokuma Shoten
Release date
7 December 2000
Running time
128 minutes

Like Anno's previous film Love & Pop (1998), it is an art film with experimental elements diving into the minds of its main characters. Shiki-Jitsu takes place over 33 days and follows the relation between an apathetic film director (Iwai) and an odd young woman (Fujitani) who start a bizarre friendship after a chance meeting andthey try to work their way out of a collective emotional funk. Michael Ordona of the Los Angeles Times reported the film had "dark themes of mental illness and suicidal ideation".[2] Shiki-Jitsu won an award for Best Artistic Contribution at the 13th International Film Festival in Tokyo.[3]

Story edit

The film follows a young Director returning to his home city of Ube in Yamaguchi Prefecture, and an eccentric young Woman he meets, whose quirks include saying "tomorrow is my birthday" every day and wearing very unusual clothing.

But as the days go by, it appears that the Woman has little touch with reality and is constantly escaping into a fantasy world, while the Director himself is a former anime director who is seeking to do a "real film" and embrace reality. The two eventually fall in love.

In the end, the Director confronts the Woman with her mother, allowing the Woman to make the first steps into the real world. The films ends with the Girl circling December 7 as her real birthday and the words "beyond the 33rd day: unknown".

Release edit

The film was produced by Studio Kajino, an offshoot of Studio Ghibli, run by its former president Toshio Suzuki who served on the film as executive producer. It was given a première at the Tokyo Photography Museum in Ebisu Garden Place on December 7, 2000.

The movie was later released on VHS and DVD by Buena Vista Home Entertainment Japan July 24, 2003 as part of the "Ghibli Cinematic Library" series.[4] On July 1, 2020, the movie was released to Video on demand by King Records.

References edit

  1. ^ Mark Deming (2014). "Shiki-jitsu (2001)". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 13 March 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  2. ^ Ordona, Michael (19 March 2009), "Ayako Fujitani", Los Angeles Times, retrieved 19 February 2013.
  3. ^ Short, Stephen (13 May 2002), "Why the Hell Not?", Time Magazine, archived from the original on 1 December 2008, retrieved 19 February 2013.
  4. ^ "庵野秀明監督作品「式日」(Shiki-Jitsu) がDvdで発売中! - スタジオジブリ|Studio Ghibli".

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