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18 Who Cause a Storm © Shochiku
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Retrospektive

Arashi wo yobu juhachinin

18 Who Cause a Storm a.k.a. 18 Roughs
Yoshida Kijū
Japan 1963
108 min
OV w/ EN subtitles
V'22

Set in the industrial port town of Kure, this film is about a group of young unskilled itinerant workers who are exploited by and also prey on a society that has utterly broken down. The refuse of capitalism, the migrants respect nothing – certainly nothing as old-fashioned as a principle of rebellion – though they have an instinctive sense of themselves as a group. Knowing they are worthless in the eyes of their country, they project their alienation outside themselves and take their revenge when they can. There may indeed be 18 of them, as the title (with strange exactness) says, but, spread out across Yoshida’s chaotic wide screen, they never stay still long enough for us to count them. The mise en scène, just as jarring and alienating as in Yoshida’s previous films, if more devoid of flourish, creates a push-and-pull between extremes of too-close and too-far, providing no place of comfort for the viewer.
Shōchiku withdrew the film from distribution after four days. The studio released Yoshida’s next film ESCAPE FROM JAPAN without its last reel, which they judged too incendiary. After that insult, the director cut ties with Shōchiku. (Chris Fujiwara)

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Yoshida Kijū: GOOD-FOR-NOTHING (1960), BLOOD IS DRY A.K.A BLOODY THIRST (1960), BITTER END OF A SWEET NIGHT (1961), AKITSU SPRING (1962), 18 WHO CAUSE A STORM A.K.A. 18 ROUGHS (1963), A STORY WRITTEN WITH WATER (1965), WOMAN OF THE LAKE (1966), IMPASSE (1967), THE AFFAIR (1967), AFFAIR IN THE SNOW (1968), FAREWELL TO THE SUMMER LIGHT (1968), EROS + MASSACRE (1969), HEROIC PURGATORY (1970), COUP D’ETAT (1973), A PROMISE (1986), WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1988), WOMEN IN THE MIRROR (2002), BEM-VINDO A SÃO PAULO (2004, Episode)

Credits
  • The Japan Foundation
  • Hayakawa Tamotsu
  • Kayama Yoshiko
  • Tonoyama Taiji
  • Hirao Masaaki
  • Ashiya Gannosuke
  • Negishi Akemi
  • Yoshida Kijū based on an idea by Minagawa Toshio
  • Narushima Toichiro
  • Ōta Kazuo
  • Hayashi Hikaru
  • Ueda Mitsuzō
Shochiku
35 mm
Tue 25 Oct
18:00
Filmmuseum
OV w/ EN subtitles
iCal
Mon 07 Nov
20:30
Filmmuseum
OV w/ EN subtitles
iCal
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