“Seishun-den Deke-Deke-Deke (The Rocking Horsemen)” (1992): Nobuhiko Obayashi’s comedy tells the story of a teenage boy living in Kagawa Prefecture in 1965 who hears The Ventures’ “Pipeline” and decides to form a band. It’s one of Japanese cinema’s best coming-of-age stories, and captures the cultural flux of the era with wit and insight rather than mere nostalgia. Look for current screen star Tadanobu Asano as the band’s lead guitarist. He was 19 at the time, appearing in his third film.
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