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Classics

Fighting Elegy aka The Born Fighter

けんかえれじい

Directed by: Suzuki Seijun

Year: 1966

Length: 86 minutes

Classification rating: Recommended for ages 18+

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A youth spent without regrets.

Screened as part of JFF 2017

Kiroku is torn between his instinct to fight and his love for the village beauty, Michiko. To vent his frustrations, he takes part in street brawls with a gang of local students. When he lands himself in trouble with the drill officer at school, where military exercises are compulsory, he is forced to transfer to a high-school 700km away. Set in the 1930’s, Suzuki blends action and satire in a film about a youth spent without regrets.

岡山中学の名物男南部麒六は“喧嘩キロク”として有名だ。キロクに喧嘩のコツを教えるのが、先輩のスッポン。そのスッポンのすすめでキロクは、OSMS団に入団した。OSMS団とは岡山中学五年生タクアンを団長とするガリガリの硬派集団だ。そのOSMS団と関中のカッパ団とが対決した。キロクの暴れぶりは凄まじく、この喧嘩で忽ち副団長となった。だが、キロクにも悩みはあった。下宿先の娘道子が大好きで、硬派の手前道子と…

Director: Suzuki Seijun

Screenplay: Shindo Kaneto

Director of Photography: Hagiwara Kenji

Art Director: Kimura Takeo

Cast: Takahashi Hideki, Asano Junk, Kawazu Yusuke and Miyagi Chikako

Genre: Classics

Format: 35mm b&w