Charge! Hooligans of Hakata

  • Totsugeki! Hakata gurentai 突撃!博多愚連隊
  • Japan 1978, Digibeta, 75 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • Director & Script: Sogo (Gakuryu) ISHII
  • Director of Photograohy: Toshiaki ITO
  • Production: Kyoeisha
  • Music: SHINee
  • World Sales: Dragon Mountain
  • Cast: Masayoshi SHIMIZU, Tomio YATANI, Ryo HIGUCHI, Tetsuo HIJIKATA, Shigeru IZUMIYA
  • Saturday, June 8, 6.00 p.m. Cinema in the German Film Museum
  • with an introduction by Tom Mes

The film that put ISHII on the map, thanks to a Grand Prize at Japan's bastion of indie cinema, the PIA Film Festival. Those who know the director mainly for his punk style films will be surprised, not to mention delighted, by this ode to 1970s yakuza movies à la Kinji FUKASAKU. A movie like a good rock band: it stars a charismatic young cast, has energy to spare, and thumps with a pace and rhythm that sweep you breathlessly along. (Tom Mes)


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