Arashi wo yobu jûhachinin (18 Roughs). 1963. Japan. Written and directed by Kijū Yoshida. With Tamotsu Hayakawa, Yoshiko Kayama, Taiji Tonoyama. 35mm. In Japanese; English subtitles. 108 min.
The Japanese New Wave filmmaker whose Eros + Massacre (1969) was a radical cri de coeur in MoMA’s Art Theatre Guild series, Kijū Yoshida made 18 Roughs relatively early in his Shochiku career (after assisting the studio’s stalwart director Keisuke Kinoshita), and it is arguably his best film from this period. In it he reveals a more gentle-hearted anarchical spirit and atmospheric sense of place, depicting a ship welder in a seaside manufacturing town who, in exchange for free lodging, becomes the reluctant ward of a bunch of tough kids. 35mm print from Japan Foundation, New York; courtesy Shochiku