The Boxer


Time Out says

Terayama has here brilliantly fused the elements of his previous film and theatre work - surrealism, a sense of the essential anarchy of relationships, and a flair for startling and beautiful images - with a compulsively exciting Hollywood-style narrative about a young man's relentless ambition to be a champion boxer. The film synthesises these seemingly disparate approaches while allowing them separate existences, and through this evokes not only a poetic vision of modern industrial Tokyo and the fading dreams of the city's losers, but also a tense and realistic portrayal of the sheer brutaulity of the world of boxing, in its inexorable attraction and its heroic despair.


Release details

94 mins

Cast and crew

Shuji Terayama
Shiro Ishimori, Masao Kishida, Shuji Terayama
Kentaro Shimizu
Bunta Sugawara
Masumi Harukawa
Yoko Natsuki
Keiko Niitaka
Yoko Ran
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