1hr 47mins

Kazuki seems to have everything: glorious success in the boxing ring and a developing romance. Nobuto and his disciple Tsuyoshi, however, find themselves on the ropes both in and out of the ring. Will the efforts and enthusiasm of all three men be enough to achieve what they want?

Keisuke Yoshida

Humiliated by a thrashing given to him by a teenager, Tsuyoshi (Tokio Emoto), decides to join a boxing gym in an effort to become more attractive to women.

As he explores his new passion for the sport, he is guided by coach Nobuto (Ken’ichi Matsuyama), himself a long-time practitioner and lover of boxing.

Despite his burning enthusiasm, however, Nobuto continuously finds himself on the ropes, unable to win a single match and harbours a growing jealousy of his boxing mate, Kazuki (Masahiro Higashide) who displays raw talent in the ring.

Privately, Nobuto suppresses complex feelings towards Kazuki’s likelihood of winning this year’s championship, as well as the love of Chika (Fumino Kimura), Nobuto’s childhood sweetheart.

A boxing enthusiast for some thirty years, Keisuke Yoshida writes and directs this ode to the sport, illustrating the tribulations of the fighters in and out of the ring.

This film is screening at Tyneside Cinema as part of The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022 which you can learn more about here!

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Wed 23 Mar

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