The game-changing experimentation of Nikkatsu taiyozoku ("Sun Tribe") films like Ko Nakahira's Crazed Fruit (1956) and Toshio Masuda's Perfect Game (1958) paved the way for this representative work of the studio's New Wave by Koreyoshi Kurahara. A jazz-obsessed delinquent and a reckless sex worker are released from juvenile detention and wreak havoc on everyone in their paths, including the newspaper reporter who got them arrested and his bourgeois artist fiancée. Kurahara's indelible portrait of amoral youth features striking high-contrast black-and-white compositions, bold camera movements and a propulsive jazz score, anchored by Tamio Kawachi's mesmerizingly feral performance.
Directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara. With Tamio Kawachi, Eiji Go, Hiroyuki Nagato
Japan 1960, 35mm, b/w, 75 min. Japanese with English subtitles
$9 - Regular Admission
$7 - Non-Harvard Students, Harvard Faculty and Staff, and Senior Citizens
Regular HFA screenings are free for all Harvard students with a valid photo ID. Discounts apply for Harvard Film Archive Members
Tickets are available 45 minutes before show time at the cinematheque on the lower level of the Carpenter Center. Cash or check only. No late seating.