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Doglegs (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Action, Drama | 26 September 2015 (USA)
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Shintaro is a Tokyo janitor who moonlights as a pro wrestler in an underground league called Doglegs. He's had 20 glorious years in the ring but now he's getting old and wants to pursue his... See full summary »

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Heath Cozens

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Heath Cozens
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Shintaro is a Tokyo janitor who moonlights as a pro wrestler in an underground league called Doglegs. He's had 20 glorious years in the ring but now he's getting old and wants to pursue his regular-Joe dream: success at work, and hopefully, settling down with his secret dream-girl, but Kitajima, the group's volunteer organizer, has other plans. Shintaro's oldest rival, 'Antithesis' Kitajima, is billed as "the man who has beaten up the disabled for twenty years". He believes that sparing the kid gloves is a sign of respect. Shintaro challenges Kitajima for one last fight. Kitajima accepts, on one condition: that the winner, and only the winner, can retire - no easy feat considering how far back Shintaro's losing streak against Kitajima stretches. Meanwhile, another Doglegs regular is facing his own challenge. L'Amant ('the Lover') has severe cerebral palsy and near-total paralysis. He spends his days self-medicating with alcohol despite the protestations of his able-bodied wife and son...

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26 September 2015 (USA) See more »

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Great film!! Truth is stranger, but wiser, then fiction!!
26 September 2015 | by mattphebusSee all my reviews

Just saw the premier of this flick at Fantastic Fest in Austin and was blow away. This movie really dissects what it means to be human, and the explores the meaning of achieving greatness. What really comes across, once you get over some initial shock and uncomfortableness, is people wanting to be treated like people. In the U.S. its easy to write this off as exploitation. I find that offensive, lazy, and false. These people are competitors and deserved to be viewed with autonomy and respect. It was clear from some audience reactions that some cannot watch films with an open mind. The director took the time show all aspects of these people's lives, the good and bad. They deserve at least that much. Don't believe the low review, see this film with an open heart and mind. Also post-production was spot on.


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