P. P. Rider
Director: Shinji Sōmai Run Time: 118 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1983 Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Starring: Hideko Hara, Masatoshi Nagase, Michiko Kawai, Shinobu Sakagami, Tatsuya Fuji
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An exuberant farce tinted with deep shades of melancholy and violence, P.P. RIDER is an ode to the dreams of youth against authority. The film centers on three teens on an odyssey to rescue their kidnapped class bully from a gang of yakuza. En route they run afoul of some cops, befriend a motley former gangster, and experience the first seismic shocks of growing up. The youngsters climb on things and jostle and fall down and sing and take up space, carried along less by the search for their classmate than by the sheer momentum of being young and alive. Director Shinji Somai constantly invents astonishing new ways to capture their movements, including a mythic opening shot, which—according to legend—required the use of three cranes. Adapted from a comic strip-like scenario by Leonard and Chieko Schrader, it’s a film of unparalleled freedom, and a testament to Somai’s ability to inject his work with the potent marrow of life. – Cinema Guild Brattle Debut!
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“Shinji Somai’s first masterpiece.” – Shigehiko Hasumi, Film Comment
“The apogee of Shinji Somai’s style.” – Bingham Bryant, The Brooklyn Rail