Tsumikikuzushi (1983)

Run Time - 111 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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If Western nations had the juvenile delinquency depicted in this Japanese film about a delinquent teen, they would be grateful. The teen does not do drugs or alcohol, she does not murder school children with her parents' rifles, she is not promiscuous, she does not commit armed robbery or belong to an abusive and immoral street gang, or torture anyone. Her crimes consist of having questionable taste in clothes and make-up, once in awhile sniffing a paint thinner, sometimes skipping school, and hitting her mother once. It is not clear what motivates her admittedly less-than-ideal behavior, though it is suggested that her father's extra-marital affairs and her mother's subsequent anger sparked the teen's rebellion. A sure sign of her strangeness is the fact that her hair permanently turned red from a childhood illness, and nothing is quite as descriptive of something totally foreign, totally Western. Maybe in the end, that is meant to be a subtle reference to delinquency as a Western cultural import - if so, it is the only subtlety in this otherwise conventional film.

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rebel, teenagers