Sho o suteyo machi e deyou (1971) AKA Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets

Shûji Terayama’s debut feature Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets, an adaptation of his eponymous novel and play, is a playful, energetic, psychedelic, visually hypnotic critique of contemporary Japanese society’s descent into ruthless materialism. The story focuses on a teenager in hopeless search of identity within a highly dysfunctional family and a fractured world that both threaten to devour the boy—demanding everything and not really caring at all. A masterpiece of subversive cinema.

Director: Shūji Terayama. AKA 書を捨てよ町へ出よう / Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets
Stars: Hideaki Sasaki, Masahiro Saito, Yukiko Kobayashi, Fudeko Tanaka, Sei Hiraizumi, Keiko Niitaka.


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  1. August 20, 2019

    I have wanted to watch to this film for so long! Thank you very much!! Could you please keep uploading films from the Japanese New Wave? Especially, the following ones:
    -Sing a song of sex-Nagisa Oshima
    -Go, go second-time virgin
    -Thirst for love
    -Japanese summer: Double suicide
    Also films by Janos Szaz, please:
    -Opium: The diary of a Madman

    Kind regards, fellow!

  2. Sean D
    August 21, 2019

    ^Maria, Sing a Song of Sex, Thirst For Love and Japanese Summer: Double Suicide are available from Criterion and are currently posted at the Criterion Channel, so I’m not sure Jon can post those here.

    But I’ll echo your words…. this has been on my watchlist for ages, so thank you, thank you, thank you Jon for making it available.

  3. Jake G
    August 30, 2019

    Blown away, thank you so much for this!!

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