Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets

Synopsis: An angst-ridden teen dealing with his dysfunctional family hits the streets. The story is inter-cut with various psychedelic, energetic vignettes.
137 min

Don't cry. Let's go.

Can you walk?

Is it OK?

Let's put on your shoes.

Slowly. Is it OK?

Ken, I love you.

Sitting in the darkness

of the local flea-pit...

Stinking, and sucking a sweet...

I love watching you do all your killing.

Just the memory of it...

Sends shivers up my spine.

I've never killed anyone.

I've never used a kitchen knife.

I'm so scared of people.

I'm so gutless.

What a sniveling wretch I am!

A salary of 20,000 yen.

I have no friend.

No courage.

No home.

Always sleeping... the all-night cinema.

Oh, that shakes me up!

Ken, I love you!

I was born in Korea

and brought up in Japan.

In order to speak without stuttering...

...I choose only words which

I can say without stuttering...

...and string those words together.

So I often end up saying things...

...which I didn't really mean to say.

When I was at primary school...

In our primary school textbook

there was a piece called:

"Carry the sun in the core of your heart"

But I couldn't say "core."

I kept saying "co-co-core" -

so they nicknamed me "chicken."

On another occasion I was

rushed to the doctor...

...after doing too much deep breathing.

They say that if you keep

singing continuously...'ll stop stuttering.

I've tried it 100 times.

Stuttering is an ideology.

The sun stutters... it rises between buildings

Beethoven's Fifth Symphony... stutters.

The peace in Vietnam... stutters across fire-swept land.

The clouds are stuttering tramps.

The Korean Strait... a stuttering frontier.

Have you noticed?

Order and obedience are smooth.

But the sun stutters.

The heart stutters.

Resistance movements stutter.


Stutter and shout.


I'm a shamefaced stutterer.

But it's because I stutter...

...that I can chew over words properly.

In my own mouth.

My own words.

As I was saying, then, it's not good

for old people to stay at home.

It might seem a bit cruel,

but they should move out.

- Did you ask this man to come here?

- Not exactly.

You mean he's come in here uninvited,

on his own? He's an intruder!

A thief!

But don't you want to have

someone to talk to?

At our Old People's Society, we've

learned a lot from the American system.

- In America...

- I don't like America.

Even people who don't like America

like running hot water...

...their own cars, Hollywood movies -

a high standard of living.

- Where are you off to?

- To buy cigarettes.

The minute we have a serious

discussion, you disappear.

You want that man to take me away.

But old people's homes aren't

some kind of hell, you know.

There are several different kinds.

Some with private bathrooms and toilets.

A home? But who for?

I'll drive you over.

Stop joking. I don't want to go there!

You made me nervous right from the start.

A Japanese smoking a foreign cigarette,

dropping ash everywhere!

Go away!

But your son asked me to come here.

Masaharu? That's impossible.

I raised him from a child,

all on my own.

He couldn't survive without me.

Wait a second.

Who wrote this letter?

Was it you, Masaharu?

It was really you.

Yes, I took a lot of trouble over it.

I'm not as beautiful as that.

I'm not young any more.

It's a mother who's crossed the water.

Come on, come on, everyone.

It's not a tale from this world.

It's a tale from the swamps of hell

Rather than despair as you

plait your white hair...

Rather than live counting

your wrinkles...'s better to ring bells,

like the ravens.

Ghosts and the living dead.

The wrinkled old man and woman

go into the swamp...

...and come out of it stripped

of their wrinkled skins.

At the bottom of the swamp

are countless dead men's skins.

Look... it's all stripped clean.

Here's Yohei, from the second-hand

clothes shop.

He's 75 this year.

And this new bride is 102.

And this wife is 95.



You must be mistaken,

I don't have any children.

In those days everyone respected me

and looked after me.

My son above all.


Where's my father?

Do you know where my father is?

Is father there?

Everyone's ready.

Yes, I'm getting dressed.

I don't want to.

Come close to your mother.


You must really look down on me!


Because I didn't do anything...

You're still thinking about that rabbit?

Yeah. Whenever I took the rabbit in my arms,

he would kick on my breasts with his legs.

- Your breasts?

- Yeah, right here.

Right here.

You look so happy whenever

you talk about the rabbit.

Should we go out to eat?

I've got a bit of money today.

How about a Western restaurant?

I don't know how to eat there.

No problem, I'll teach you.

There are certain things in this world,

which I left inside a cave.

I slept wherever I could find a bed.

And while soundly sleeping, I dreamed.

In a dream, I saw a man

with a wooden stick.

He came out of a dark room.

In his other hand, he was holding a book.

His back was bent under the weight

of his luggage, just standing there.

I was looking at him!

He opened his book and was

reading and crying.

And he kept shivering without pause.

Finally, he couldn't restrain himself.

He started yelling in a miserable voice:

"What can we do for the betterment of life?"

What are you reading?

It's a book about how books can have a

profound liberating influence on people.

What would you like?

- What do you think?

- You can just order.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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