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The Boxer (1977)

Bokusâ (original title)
A young boxer accidentally kills an ex-boxing champion's brother. He then approaches the ex-champ to train him to become the next champion.

Director:

Shûji Terayama
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bunta Sugawara ... Hayato, ex-boxer
Kentarô Shimizu Kentarô Shimizu ... Tenma, the boxer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masumi Harukawa Masumi Harukawa
Hiroko Isayama Hiroko Isayama
Juro Kara Juro Kara
Yôsuke Natsuki Yôsuke Natsuki
Shôichi Ozawa Shôichi Ozawa
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A young boxer accidentally kills an ex-boxing champion's brother. He then approaches the ex-champ to train him to become the next champion.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 October 1977 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A bokszoló See more »

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Production Co:

Toei Company, Toei Tokyo See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Better Than Rocky
13 July 2014 | by tom245-32-153383See all my reviews

I am probably the only person to think this, but I would rather watch this unseen boxing film than the universally appraised Rocky. Rocky was released a year prior, and there are countless similarities. Terayama improves on the source film ten-fold, and turns the story into a gripping, tense and enjoyable sports movie.

The story concerns a boxer which has just been told he should give up the profession. The day before, he accidentally kills a man at at a construction site. He approaches the brother of the victim, who was a boxing master years ago, to train him to become the next boxing champion.

I found the training montages (what everyone loves about Rocky), to be the best part of the film. By using the industrial landscape, desolate train tracks, open roads and concrete bridges, Terayama turns a polluted deteriorating city into something stylised and memorable. The story is incredibly predictable, limiting his typical insane aesthetic, although all of his other auteur techniiques are there. Mainly awesome music, an alternating colour palette, train tracks, and a Fellini influence. No clocks though...

For me, it's his third best film (Pastoral being first, Throw Away Your Books being second and Farewell to the Ark being fourth), but not to be missed at all.


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