The Terrible Couple (Tonda kappuru)

  • Shinji Somai /
  • Japan /
  • 1980 /
  • 122 mins

Shingo Tsurumi, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Mieko Harada / Fiction / Japanese

Through a clerical error, a studious tenth-grade boy is forced to share a house with the prettiest girl in school – an arrangement that could mean expulsion if it’s found out. In his first film, Shinji Somai turns a popular boys’ manga into a vigorous and bittersweet study of the fears and longings of adolescence.

Print courtesy of The National Film Center of The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

2012 Archive

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