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Film - Bad Boys (Furyo shonen)

  • 24 Mar 2019
  • 5:00 PM
  • Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Film - Bad Boys (Furyo shonen)

Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 5:00 PM

Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy Street ,
Cambridge, MA 02138

Inspired by Children Who Draw (1955), Hani turned once again to the subject of the Japanese school for his break-through feature, a radical fusion of documentary and narrative cinema that created nothing less than a sensation when it was released in Japan. Working closely with a group of ex-reform school students, Hani directly channeled their own life experiences and voices into Bad Boys, only loosely adhering to his screenplay (adapted from an anthology of writings by "reformed" youth), with much of the dialogue and action improvised by the boys on set. More than simply an indictment of the Japanese reform school system, the cruelty and harsh violence of the boys revealed, in Hani's words, a "totalitarian spirit" still lingering in the postwar era. Although Bad Boys was originally produced by Daei, the studio dropped the film during post-production, fearing that it was too "revolutionary" in style and subject.

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