Blue (2021)

  • New York Asian Film Festival
  • 1h 47m
  • Japan
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After a braggart (played with quirky aplomb by Tokio Emoto) is trounced by a teenage upstart, he takes up boxing and surprisingly shows a natural talent for it, giving his life new direction. Meanwhile, his kind and pensive coach is not able to break out of his no-win rut, while the coach’s best friend is becoming a rising star in the ring. Adding to the drama, the latter’s girlfriend presents a classic love-triangle conundrum. The fighting trio form an odd triumvirate that illustrates life’s travails through the lens of this most brutal yet scientific martial art, in a standout film that exceeds the time-honored genre’s usual tropes. Director Keisuke Yoshida, a longtime boxing enthusiast in his own right, delivers a fantastic homage to the sport where individual transcendence results from the most grueling of consummate personal challenges.

Director

Keisuke Yoshida

Language

Japanese

Subtitles

English

Bonus Content

2m
New York Asian Film Festival | Official Trailer
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