Capital Celluloid 2021 — Day 125: Sat Sep 18

Boxer (Terayama, 1977): Barbican Cinema, 5.50pm

This presentation is part of the Japanese and Avant-Garde Film Festival season at the Barbican Cinema. You can find full details here.

Time Out review:

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.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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