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 byEiko Kujō
Shūji Terayama
Written byShūji Terayama
Music byIchirō Araki
Kuni Kawachi
J. A. Seazer
Itsurō Shimoda
CinematographyMasayoshi Sukita
Edited byKeiichi Uraoka
Art Theatre Guild
Jinriki Hikōki Sha
Distributed byArt Theatre Guild
Release date
  • April 24, 1971 (1971-04-24)
Running time
137 minutes

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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]

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  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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