Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets

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Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets
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Directed by Shūji Terayama
Produced by Eiko Kujō
Shūji Terayama
Written by Shūji Terayama
Music by Ichirō Araki
Kuni Kawachi
J. A. Seazer
Itsurō Shimoda
Cinematography Masayoshi Sukita
Edited by Keiichi Uraoka
Art Theatre Guild
Jinriki Hikōki Sha
Distributed by Art Theatre Guild
Release date
  • April 24, 1971 (1971-04-24)
Running time
137 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets (書を捨てよ町へ出よう, Sho o Suteyo Machi e Deyō) is a 1971 Japanese feature-length experimental drama film directed by Shūji Terayama. A metaphor for Japan's descent into materialism, it follows a young man's disillusionment with the world around him and his determination to achieve something in life while his family members are content with their poor social and economic standing. It was Terayama's first feature-length film.[1]


The film won the grand prize at the San Remo Film Festival,[2] and was voted the ninth best Japanese film of 1971 in the Kinema Junpo poll of film critics.[3]


  1. ^ Ridgely, Steven C. (2011). Japanese Counterculture: The Antiestablishment Art of Terayama Shuji. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. p. 111. ISBN 0816667535. 
  2. ^ Fowler, Glenn (14 May 1983). "Shuji Terayama, Japanese Playwright, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Nihon eiga besuto ten". Kinema Junpo (1385). 5 February 1972. 

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