God Speed You! Black Emperor

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God Speed You! Black Emperor
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DVD cover
Directed byMitsuo Yanagimachi
Produced byMitsuo Yanagimachi
CinematographyTaro Akashi
Katsutoshi Iwanaga
Makoto Sugiura
Kimio Tsukamoto
Yoshibumi Yokoyama
Release date
  • 1976 (1976)
Running time
90 minutes

God Speed You! Black Emperor (ゴッド・スピード・ユー! BLACK EMPEROR, Goddo Supīdo Yū! Burakku Enperā) is a 1976 Japanese black-and-white 16 mm documentary film by director Mitsuo Yanagimachi, which follows the exploits of young Japanese motorcyclists, the "Black Emperors".[1]

The 1970s in Japan saw the rise of a motorcycling movement called the bōsōzoku, which drew the interest of the media. The movie follows a member of the "Black Emperors" motorcycle club and his interaction with his parents after he gets in trouble with the police.

The Canadian post-rock band Godspeed You! Black Emperor took their name from the film.[2]


  1. ^ God Speed You! Black Emperor at Rotten Tomatoes
  2. ^ Bryant, David (September 1998). "Back from infinity". The Wire (Interview) (175). Interviewed by David Keenan – via brainwashed.com.

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