TYPHOON CLUB (4k restoration)
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Festivals & Awards
Winner: Tokyo Grand Prix - Tokyo International Film Festival, 1985
Official Selection - Berlin Film Festival, 2023
"I can say with absolute conviction that no Japanese filmmaker makes a film without being conscious of Shinji Somai’s existence. That is how significant Somai's presence is in the history of Japanese cinema… For anyone who wants to see a movie that has the power to change and sustain your life, I urge you to see Somai’s films."
Ryusuke Hamaguchi, director of Drive My Car
"Maybe the last great master of Japanese film history."
Kiyoshi Kurosawa, director of Cure
"Shinji Somai is one of the most personal and original Japanese filmmakers, and a master whose work has been almost completely neglected outside Japan."
Chris Fujiwara, critic and programmer
"This is cinema."
- Hou Hsiao-hsien
"One of the most beautiful and touching teenage films I’ve ever seen. An absolutely devastating film."
– Bernardo Bertolucci
From acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Shinji Sômai comes an exuberant farce tinted with deep shades of melancholy and real violence, P.P. Rider is an ode to the dreams of youth against authority. 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.