P. P. Rider

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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 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, among other episodes. More immediately, the youngsters climb on things and jostle and fall down and sing and take up space, forever in motion. What carries them along is less the search for their classmate than the sheer momentum of being young and alive. Meanwhile, 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 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. (Shinji Somai, Japan, 1983, 118 min.) In Japanese with English subtitles

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