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Directed by: Keisuke Yoshida
2021 / 107 minutes / Unclassified 15+: under 15s must be accompanied by an adult

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Human drama that carefully examines the inner lives of boxers

Urita is a professional boxer with an unrivalled love of the sport. However his underling Kazuki is a better boxer and, moreover, is dating Urita’s childhood friend Chika. Urita keeps his negative feelings hidden and helps Kazuki prepare for the title match. Meanwhile, Narasaki starts boxing on a whim but gradually becomes enthralled by the sport and wants to go pro.  Drama builds as their fights draw near… 

This drama uses the unforgiving sport of boxing to cast a quiet and kind gaze on human life that has no clear winner. Keisuke Yoshida’s splendid direction exudes unvoiced emotions tucked away inside, including frustration at the gap between ability and passion, fear of punch drunk syndrome and feelings of camaraderie. Audiences will undoubtedly be profoundly moved by the in-depth character development, especially Urita’s emotional state as performed by acting maestro Kenichi Matsuyama. With his consecutive masterpieces in recent years, Keisuke Yoshida is at present one of Japan’s leading directors.  

Audience warning: contains mild sexual references, violence and mature themes


Palace Electric, Canberra


Palace Raine Square, Perth


Palace Barracks, Brisbane


Palace Barracks, Brisbane


The Kino, Melbourne

Sunday 4th December

The Kino, Melbourne

Thursday 8th December

Palace Verona, Sydney

Sunday 11th December

Palace Norton Street, Sydney

Screens in: Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney

Director: Keisuke Yoshida

Cast: Kenichi Matsuyama, Fumino Kimura, Tokio Emoto and Masahiro Higashide

Choreographer: Keisuke Yoshida

Genre: Drama

Language(s): Japanese with English subtitles