Teiichi: Battle of Supreme High

July 21, 2017
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Teiichi Akaba (Masaki Suda) has a singular dream: to crush the competition, become prime minister and rule his own country. But first he just has to get through high school. An absurdist satire of Japan’s elitist pathways to the seats of power, Akira Nagai’s adaptation of Usamaru Furuya’s manga finds Showa-era blue-blooded teens battling for the student council presidency. Sabotage, bribery, ritual suicide, fisticuffs and more than a few unspoken crushes charge the boys’ all out warfare, revealing the failures of hierarchical power systems and toxic masculinity. This achingly relevant, hilarious tale comes to a head when a working-class pro-democracy challenger questions the plutocrats’ factional wrangle and Teiichi is forced to recall the pure passion that drove him to his totalitarian bloodthirst.

2017. 118 min. DCP, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Akira Nagai. With Masaki Suda, Shuhei Nomura, Ryoma Takeuchi, Shotaro Mamiya, Jun Shison.

“The boys […] represent real-life types in Japanese politics, where gilded elites rule and factions engage in Byzantine intrigues and double-crosses, just as their fathers and forefathers did.” —Mark Schilling, The Japan Times

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017.

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$14/$11 seniors & students / $10 Japan Society members

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Five-Film Pass: Purchase tickets for at least 5 different films in the same transaction and receive $2 off each ticket (Offer not valid for July 13 screening of MUMON: The Land of Stealth or July 20 screening of Over the Fence).

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Teiichi: Battle of Supreme High © 2017 FUJI TELEVISION NETWORK/SHUEISHA/TOHO © USAMARU FURUYA/SHUEISYA All Rights Reserved.

  • Friday, July 21, 2017
  • 9:30 pm