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The Born Fighter (1966)
"Kenka erejî" (original title)

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In Okayama in the mid-1930s, Kiroku attends high school and boards with a Catholic family whose daughter, Michiko, captures his heart. He must, however, hide his ardor and other aspects of ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Hideki Takahashi ...
Kiroku Nanbu
Yûsuke Kawazu ...
Suppon "Turtle"
Junko Asano ...
Michiko
Takeshi Katô
Isao Tamagawa ...
Principal
Kayo Matsuo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kensuke Akashi
Iwae Arai
Kôtô Atami
Hiroshi Chiyoda
Hiroshi Chô
Hideo Fukuhara
Jun Hamamura
Yûzô Harumi
Michio Hino
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In Okayama in the mid-1930s, Kiroku attends high school and boards with a Catholic family whose daughter, Michiko, captures his heart. He must, however, hide his ardor and other aspects of his emerging sexuality, focusing his energy on a gang he joins, breaking school rules, and getting into scuffles (he tells her, "Oh, Michiko, I don't masturbate, I fight"). He comes under the influence of a young tough nicknamed Terrapin, and together they lead fights against rival gangs. Gradually, Kiroku and Terrapin align themselves with the right-wing Kita Ikki, and Kiroku becomes a stand-in for the attitudes of Japanese youth who embraced the imperialism leading to World War II. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Fighting Elegy  »

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FIGHTING ELEGY (Seijun Suzuki, 1966) ***
22 March 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This was only my fourth Seijun Suzuki film - after TOKYO DRIFTER (1966), BRANDED TO KILL (1967) and PISTOL OPERA (2001) - and it's a typically energetic outing, with strong doses of comedy augmenting the character study of a young man who can only express himself adequately through violence and how he is forced to take stock of his life after falling in love with a cultured young girl. Drawing obvious parallels to FIGHT CLUB (1999), the film's fight scenes are quite well done but, even more interestingly, it looks forward to the struggle between religious faith and a violent environment that would surface in later films, primarily the work of Martin Scorsese (the script of FIGHTING ELEGY was penned by Kaneto Shindo, director of THE NAKED ISLAND [1960] and ONIBABA [1964]!). However, the film runs out of steam towards the end by taking an unexpectedly serious (and propagandist) turn which doesn't sit comfortably with the anarchy that had gone on before!


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