Teiichi -Battle of Supreme High-


Directed by: Akira Nagai
2017 / 118 minutes / Recommended for aged 12+



Screened as part of JFF 2017

Battle of Supreme High is a story of power, brimming with factions, alliances, strategy, sabotage, and dossiers of incriminating information—set not in the world of international politics but in an exclusive boys’ high school. Kaitei High, an incubator school for politicians and military, is a highly regimented place. Its school council is an extreme and Machiavellian world, a complex microcosm of society. In a nutshell: it’s crazy!

The stakes of failure are high, as the bright, ambitious freshman Teiichi Akaba (Masaki Suda; Princess Jellyfish, Destruction Babies) knows. If he wants to become Prime Minister of his own country one day, he needs to conquer Kaitei High’s Student Council first.

Teiichi prepares to do whatever it takes, casting his pride—and inhibitions—away, to become the next SC President’s right-hand man. However, his obsessive pursuit of power alienates Mimiko, his long-suffering girlfriend, and Dan, his new friend in school.

Quirky absurdist humour permeates Akira Nagai’s film as it satirises not just the dark and dastardly world of school council but politics in general. This live-action adaptation’s stylised shot composition and cinematography owes plenty to its manga roots, originally serialized in Jump Square (2010-2016).

Fans of satire, dark comedy, and, of course, the many beautiful young men on-screen will enjoy this one.
Audience warning: This film contains mild themes and mild violence.
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Director: Akira Nagai

Producers: Shinichi Ogawa and Minami Ichikawa

Original story: Usamaru Furuya (manga)

Screenplay: Yoshihiro Izumi

Cast: Masaki Suda, Shuhei Nomura, Ryoma Takeuchi, Shotaro Mamiya, Jun Shison, Yudai Chiba and Mei Nagano

Genre: Comedy

Format: DCP colour