P. P. Rider

Wednesday, September 6 - Wednesday, September 20, 2023

With special recorded intro by actor Masatoshi Nagase

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. The film centers on three teens on a burlesque road odyssey to rescue their kidnapped class bully from a gang of yakuza. En route they run afoul of some cops, befriend a motley former gangster, and experience the first seismic shocks of growing up. More immediately, the youngsters climb on things and jostle and fall down and sing and take up space, carried along less by the search for their classmate than by the sheer momentum of being young and alive. Director Shinji Somai constantly invents astonishing new ways to capture their movements, including a mythic opening shot, which—according to legend—required the use of three cranes. Adapted from a scenario by Leonard Schrader—with assistance from Howard Hawks—it’s a film of unparalleled freedom, and a testament to Somai’s ability to inject his work with the potent marrow of life.

  • Country Japan
  • Language Japanese with English Subtitles
  • Year 1983
  • Running Time 118 minutes
  • Format DCP
  • Distributor Cinema Guild
  • Director Shinji Sômai
  • Cast Tatsuya Fuji, Michiko Kawai, Masatoshi Nagase
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

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