(C)1996 Bandai Visual, OFFICE KITANO
Japan, 1996, 107minutes
Director: Takeshi Kitano
Shinji runs into a familiar face. It is no other than Masaru, his classmate
and buddy he fooled around with when they were in high school. Masaru
was the tougher one, and Shinji always hid behind his buddy.
The boys were juvenile delinquents of a second-rate high school. Even though they were fully aware of their poor grades, they were irritated when their homeroom teacher and other members of the faculty considered them an existence to be ignored. As if to get even with the teachers, they behaved at will. Their day began by a ride on their bicycles to their favorite coffee shop for coffee, toast and a cigarette. One of their classmates, Hiroshi, also frequented this coffee shop because he was in love with the waitress. Watching the girl in admiration, Hiroshi became an easy target of mockery by Masaru and Shinji, who eventually left for school if they felt like it. They were rarely found in the classroom. Instead, they indulged in every kind of mischief, from hanging a teacher doll, made from broom, from the school building roof to setting fire on a snobbish teacher's car. Despite their "bad attitude," the boys were not necessarily hated by all, since they would often punish the school bully.
In winter when college entrance exams were approaching, the lessons
at school stressed techniques for passing the exams. With no intention
of going to college, Masaru and Shinji felt more and more alienated,
and their attendance at school became more scarce.
On the day of the graduation, Shinji finally reunited with Masaru at
the school bicycle park. In a bright red gym suit, Masaru demonstrated
a bit of shadow boxing. Riding his bicycle next to Masaru as he continued
his road work, Shinji, too, joined the boxing gym without much thought.