Film

Hard Romanticker
FILM

Hard Romanticker

ハードロマンチッカー (Hado Romanchikka)
Friday, July 13, 2012

Hard Romanticker © 2011 "Hard Romanticker" Production Committee.

New York Premiere
Co-presented with The New York Asian Film Festival

Writer-director Gu Su-yeon's new film draws on his own semiautobiographical account of growing up as a delinquent zainichi Korean (Japanese-born, but of Korean ancestry) in the seaside city of Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture, a working-class hellhole overflowing with sex and fury. Day after day, (fictional) Gu finds fresh foes and makes the local hoodlums want to kick his ass. While working multiple dead-end part-time jobs, he cruises around town on his scooter in search of gangland trouble: leaping across rooftops with irate hordes of punks in hot pursuit, running off with a fetching belle in a sailor suit, rescuing a schoolgirl from being gang-raped at a glue-sniffing orgy…

Japan. 2011. 108 min., 35mm. in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Su-yeon Gu. With Shota Matsuda, Kento Nagayama, Tokio Emoto, Sei Ashina.

18+ This film is unrated, but may only be viewed by persons 18 years of age or older.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2012

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