Japanese title BOKUSA [Boxer]
starring: Bunta Sugawara · Kentaro Shimizu · Masumi Haruawa
Juro Kara · Yosuke Natsuki
on his luck Hayato (played by the legendary toughguy Bunta Sugawara)
is living a desolate life in a flophouse, slowly drinking himself to
death. His promising career as a professional boxer crashed when he
suddenly decided to "quit boxing...." after an accident
in the ring during a championship match. For a decade, Hayato has 'lost
his will to live.' Suddenly, when his brother is killed in a construction
site mishap, Hayato seeks revenge against Kentaro, the young boy responsible.
However, after the two meet, an uneasy relationship develops. Kentaro
convinces washed-up Hayato to mold him into a champion fighter.
Terayama was a poet, playwright, novelist, filmmaker, and boxing buff.
He even wrote commentary for the sport in his spare time. Shuji once
said: "Boxing and horse racing taught me more about life than school."
In Japan - and in International art circles - Mr Terayama is treated
like a god. A museum dedicated solely to Shuji Terayama is established
in Misawa Japan, located in Aomori Prefecture. Unfortunately his work
is largely ignored in the United States, probably due to its quirky
sexuality. This film is his closest to a mainstream project. But be
aware, it's still a Terayama movie. So expect the unconventional.
Shuji Terayama died from Nephrotic Syndrome, May 1983, at age 47. But
his experimental, radical vision continues to live through motion pictures
ADVENTURES OF BURAIKEN, FRUITS
OF PASSION: STORY OF O], through his plays [Hunchback
of Aomori, Lemmings to the End of the World, et
al], through his controversial art, his poetry and his SHORT