Yoshishige Yoshida, one of the leading lights of the Japanese New Wave, directed this story of lost youth whose new sense of their value comes with a price. Shimazaki (Hayakawa Tamotsu) is a man in his early twenties who has taken a job as a ship builder in Kure as he tries to establish a new life for himself. Shimazaki hasn't been happy with his work and has taken advances on his pay that he's spent on drunken binges. Shimazaki's boss Murata is concerned about him and offers him a deal -- he can live rent free in an employee's dormitory if he's willing serve as the building manager and keep an eye on the other young men living there. Shimazaki's new charges don't show much trust in him at first, but as they get to know one another, they see how much they have in common as they compare stories of abusive upbringings and absent parents. Together, Shimazaki and the other young men begin to get a sense of their real worth of the first time, and when they realize they've been poorly used by their employers, they decide to go on strike. Arashi O Yobu Juhachi-nin (aka Eighteen Who Stirred Up A Storm) received only a brief theatrical release in Japan, as a number of major business concerns objected to its anti-corporate subtext and asked it be pulled from theaters.
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