TEIICHI – BATTLE OF SUPREME HIGH – (帝一の國)
Wednesday, November 8, 7:00 PM @ AMC River East 21
Director: Akira Nagai (DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE????)
Starring: Masaki Suda, Shuhei Nomura, Ryoma Takeuchi, Shotaro Mamiya, Jun Shison
Film Source: Pony Canyon
Japan | 2017 | 118 Minutes | In Japanese w/ English subs | Genre: Manga Inspired Comedy
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Synopsis: “Teiichi dreams of one day being the prime minister and rule his own country, but first he 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.” – Japan Cuts 2017.