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Tomorrow's Joe (2011)

Ashita no Jô (original title)
What does a young orphan urchin do in the slums of Tokyo? He gets into trouble, into brawls, into fights and eventually he lands in jail. Except this one is not just beating, he has a raw ... See full summary »


Fumihiko Sori


Ikki Kajiwara (manga) (as Asao Takamori), Tetsuya Chiba (manga) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Tomohisa Yamashita ... Joe Yabuki
Karina Karina ... Yoko Shiraki
Teruyuki Kagawa ... Dampei Tange
Yûsuke Iseya ... Toru Rikiishi
Katsuya Katsuya ... Manmoth Nishi
Naomi Nishida Naomi Nishida ... Restaurant's female owner
Tetta Sugimoto Tetta Sugimoto ... Yoji Ando
Mitsuko Baishô Mitsuko Baishô ... Mari Hanamura
Masahiko Tsugawa Masahiko Tsugawa ... Mikinosuke Shiraki
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rina Hatakeyama Rina Hatakeyama ... Sachi
Satoshi Iwagô Satoshi Iwagô
Kôji Katô Kôji Katô ... Construction worker
Mickey Koga ... (as Mitsuki Koga)
Moro Morooka ... (as Moro Shioka)
Yûto Nakano Yûto Nakano


What does a young orphan urchin do in the slums of Tokyo? He gets into trouble, into brawls, into fights and eventually he lands in jail. Except this one is not just beating, he has a raw talent and a force that gets noticed. Out of jail, it is time to take the boy and polish the raw talent into something that fits the boxing rink. Written by aghaemi

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Maybe a sequel will be made ?
12 December 2011 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

Based on a comic by Takao Asamori (aka Ikki Kajiwara), and Tetsuya Chiba, Ashita no Joe is a story about a delinquent orphan named Joe who's boxing talent was discovered by ex boxer Danpei Tange, and was groomed to become the top boxer.

The story of this movie tells about 50% of the tale that was told in the comic. It shows how he gets discovered by Danpei, his meeting with Toru Rikiishi at the juvenile delinquent detention center, and his eventual debut as a professional boxer, and battle with Rikiishi.

The story is set somewhere in the '60s which matches the time line of when the comic was written. It's set in the slums of Tokyo where orphan Joe Yabuki shows up one day. Such environment might not exist in Tokyo today, so the title Tomorrow's Joe might be inaccurate now, and should be Yesterday's Joe.

The quality of production is good to average for Japanese movies made these days. It might be difficult to understand the story if you are not familiar with the comic and its lore. So the movie was made primarily for old time Ashita no Joe fan, and might not have universal appeal to the audience.

If this movie is financially successful, I wouldn't be surprised if a sequel is made that tells the remaining story of Joe Yabuki. The fact that a movie is made over 40 years after the release of the comic tells the enormous popularity of this comic to the Japanese. What is so appealing about the story, you be the judge.

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11 February 2011 (Japan) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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