“Winner of the Grand Prix at the first Tokyo International Film Festival in 1985, Typhoon Club is widely regarded as the seminal film of director Shinji Somai’s career. A work of raw, elemental power, it follows an ensemble of junior high students in a provincial town, beset by a summer-y malaise as a typhoon looms. When the storm makes landfall, the teens find themselves holed up in their school unsupervised, while another classmate (Yuki Kudo) 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
Voted the 10th best Japanese film of all time in the prestigious Kinema Junpo poll, this wildly compelling and profoundly influential landmark of 1980s teen cinema chronicles five tempestuous days in the life of a group of junior high-school students marooned in their school gymnasium during a storm. Typhoon Club screens with P.P. Rider as part of Fever Dreams of Youth: Two Films by Shinji Sômai.
Shinji Sômai | 1985 | In Japanese with English subtitles | 115 minutes | NR (contains mature themes and situations) | DCP
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Fever Dreams of Youth: Two Films by Shinji Sômai
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