Director: Shinji Sōmai Run Time: 115 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1985 Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Starring: Shigeru Benibayashi, Tomokazu Miura, Tomoko Aizawa, Yuichi Mikami, Yûki Kudô
New Rediscoveries from Japan!
A work of raw, elemental power, TYPHOON CLUB follows an ensemble of junior high students in rural Japan, beset by a summer-y malaise as a typhoon looms in the air. When the storm makes landfall, the teens find themselves holed up in their school unsupervised, while another classmate disappears alone on a harrowing trek to the big city. Set adrift in a world suddenly unmoored, the students let loose their pent-up angst and burgeoning passions in a series of propulsive, phantasmic scenes—part apocalypse, part utopia—as the deluge rages on into the night. Observed in daring long takes, director Somai gives material form to the students’ turbulent inner lives. When day breaks and the rains let up, the youngsters open their eyes to a world in ruins—or a world renewed. – Cinema Guild Brattle Debut!
Double Feature with P. P. RIDER
“Maybe the last great master of Japanese film history.” – Kiyoshi Kurosawa
“One of the most beautiful and touching teenage films I’ve ever seen. An absolutely devastating film.” – Bernardo Bertolucci