Films 2023

Taif kurabu

115 min.
Year of Production:
Yuichi Mikami
Yki Kud
Tomokazu Miura
Toshiyuki Matsunaga
Shigeru Benibayashi
Sabur Date
Tomiko Ishii
Kaori Kobayashi
Yuka nishi
Toshinori Omi
Production Company:
Director’s Company
Berlinale Section:
Berlinale Category:
Feature Film

This school-age tragedy is set in a secondary school in Tokyo over five days during which a typhoon grows, rages, and abates. After class clown Akira is caught watching his fellow students partying at the school’s indoor pool, he is deemed a peeping tom and held underwater so long he almost drowns. Meanwhile, the teacher who has been summoned has his own problems: the mother and uncle of a fellow teacher with whom he is having an affair are trying to force him to marry her, so he doesn’t have much attention to spare for the woes of his pupils. The children talk about life, death, and reincarnation; about a lesbian couple among them, and about the typhoon. As the storm draws closer, a sense of aggression swells among the schoolchildren ... The storm of emotions in Typhoon Club is unleashed with the insistence of a force of nature. In an escalating rondel of episodes, including a brawl and an attempted rape, the film depicts a“spring awakening” with feelings erupting like hot lava flows. It captures the self-sufficient world of youth poised between exuberance and depression, while the camera keeps a respectful distance.

FILMOGRAFIE Shinji Sōmai (selection)

 Taif kurabu 

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