"The violence of young people who would dream of the feudal age of the samurai or a Japanese remake of The Clockwork Orange." Libération
I punch therefore I am.
It's in a port town near Tokyo that we first see 18-year-old-Taira getting beaten up by a local gang. Looking for a bad beating (his own or others') is Taira's route to excitement and ecstasy, which he pursues in a nearby town in the presence of shocked and awed spectators. Taira is always left in a bloody pulp, but always manages to come back. If anything, he becomes even stronger and more resilient as the night goes on. Tetsuya Moriko's answer to Fight Club, Destruction Babies is a brutal, exhausting and challenging trip to the darker corners of human nature, featuring fantastic performances, sharp observations about Japanese society, and some truly shocking scenes.
2016 LOCARNO, RIO DE JANEIRO, MAR DEL PLATA
Tetsuya Mariko was born in 1981 in Tokyo. He studied at the University of Hosei and Image Forum, then went to Tokyo National University of the Arts Graduate School of Film and New Media. He became internationally known with his short The Far East Apartment (2003). His first feature film is Yellow Kid (2009).