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9 November 1966 (Japan) See more »
In Okayama in the mid-1930s, Kiroku attends high school and boards with a Catholic family whose daughter... See more » | Add synopsis »
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FIGHTING ELEGY (Seijun Suzuki, 1966) *** See more (9 total) »


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Directed by
Seijun Suzuki 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mitsutoshi Ishigami  screenplay (uncredited)
Kaneto Shindô 
Takashi Suzuki  novel

Produced by
Kazu Ôtsuka .... producer
Original Music by
Naozumi Yamamoto 
Cinematography by
Kenji Hagiwara 
Film Editing by
Mutsuo Tanji 
Production Design by
Takeo Kimura 
Art Direction by
Takeo Kimura 
Production Management
Masanori Yamanoi .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Masami Kuzû .... assistant director
Sound Department
Yoshinobu Akino .... sound
Masatoshi Takase .... fight choreographer
Camera and Electrical Department
Hideo Kumagai .... gaffer
Other crew
Masaaki Honme .... dialect supervisor
Hiroshi Takao .... dialect supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Kenka erejî" - Japan (original title)
"The Born Fighter" - Japan (English title) (DVD box title), USA (alternative title)
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86 min
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Referenced in 100 Years of Japanese Cinema (1995) (TV)See more »


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7 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
FIGHTING ELEGY (Seijun Suzuki, 1966) ***, 22 March 2006
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

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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