|Written by Leonard Schrader and Chieko Schrader.
Directed by Shinji Soomai
MISSING LINK — by Shigehiko Hasumi
"Even his first masterpiece, P.P. Rider (83), inspired by Leonard Schrader’s story, was generally regarded as a trivial children’s entertainment, with only a handful of Japanese critics showing any enthusiasm for it.
During the years he was making The Hip Couple and P.P. Rider, Somai was in fact setting a time bomb that would one day explode. In both films, teenagers wamder aimlessly through a world in which parents and families have seemingly vanished and the few discernible adults are unable to guide the young in any clear direction."