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Typhoon Club

(台風クラブ)

Dir: Shinji Somai, 1985, Japan, Japanese with English subtitles, 115 mins, Cert: 18

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Wed 3 April // 20:00

Tickets: £5 (full)

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A brand new 4K restoration of one of Japan’s greatest films!

Shinji Somai’s beloved cult film Typhoon Club is widely heralded as the director’s seminal feature and considered to be one of the greatest Japanese films ever made.

Offering a caustic immersion into the lives of disaffected junior high students on the cusp of adulthood, Typhoon Club features a lively cast of young talent including idol Youki Kudoh (The Crazy Family, Mystery Train) facing existential intrigues, budding sexuality, and rising social tensions in the days leading up to a typhoon’s arrival. Stranded in their schoolhouse as the storm settles in, the group undergoes an awakening as they dispel all insecurities, fear and desire under the swell of the tempest.

Sharing a loose affinity with The Breakfast Club (as the title hints) this classic drama is far more understated than its US counterpart, with numerous unbroken long takes dictating a languid pace, but Typhoon Club would notably win Best Film at the inaugural Tokyo International Film Festival, where Academy Award-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor) called it “one of the most beautiful and touching teenage films I’ve ever seen”.

 

Part of a series of film screenings celebrating the Directors Company – The legendary 1980s indie Japanese production company, which between 1982 and 1992 became a home for the country’s young, emerging filmmakers.

With thanks to Third Window Films for this new digital restoration.