Film Series : Umetsugu Inoue: Japan's Music Man

The Stormy Man

The Guy Who Started A Storm / Arashi o Yobu Otoko / 嵐を呼ぶ男

1957, Umetsugu Inoue, Japan, 101 min. With Yujiro Ishihara, Kyoji Aoyama.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 1st 4:00pm
  • Tue, Jun 5th 6:00pm

"Shot through with sexual frankness, shocking violence, and genuinely twisted psychodrama." - Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice

"Crackles with Ishihara's raw, animalistic power." - Marc Walkow, Film Comment

Poised at a 1950s intersection of big band jazz and rock 'n' roll swagger, this lurid story of a bad-boy drummer's rise, fall, and transformation has the flash of Tokyo's neon-lit Ginza as a backdrop, and boasts the tawdry nightlife allure of showgirls, booze, and gangsters. Inoue's trademark triangular plot involves the tough but beauteous band manager Miyako, a crooked music critic in the pocket of the mob, and Shoichi (Ishihara), the raw but talented punk who Miyako bails out of jail to groom as her new drummer and maybe more. Shoichi's rising star is shadowed by the high-melodrama impediment of a heartless mother who favors his brother, an aspiring classical composer. Sex, rivalry, and a mother's rejection bring things dangerously to a head in the aftermath of a raucous competition of dueling drummers and the contrasting spectacle of a symphonic jazz concert. In Japanese with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

Please note: This trailer does not have English subtitles. Our screenings of the film will be subtitled in English.

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