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Dotsuitarunen (1989)

A Japanese boxer stages a dramatic and dangerous comeback after suffering brain damage in the ring.


Junji Sakamoto


Junji Sakamoto
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Credited cast:
Hidekazu Akai Hidekazu Akai ... Eiji Adachi, boxer
Haruko Sagara Haruko Sagara ... Takako Kamoi
Yoshio Harada ... Makio Sajima
Akaji Maro ... Daisuke Kamoi
Takeshi Yamato Takeshi Yamato ... Satoru Kiyota, young boxer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kogan Ashiya Kogan Ashiya ... Miyata
Ken'ichi Mikawa Ken'ichi Mikawa ... Jiro Kitayama
Terue Shôji Terue Shôji ... Akiko Adachi
Koichi Wajima Koichi Wajima ... Self
Ryûji Yamamoto Ryûji Yamamoto ... Master
Tetsuya Yûki Tetsuya Yûki ... Harada


A Japanese boxer stages a dramatic and dangerous comeback after suffering brain damage in the ring.

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11 November 1989 (Japan) See more »

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Knockout See more »

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Arato Production See more »
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Referenced in Century of Cinema: 100 Years of Japanese Cinema (1995) See more »

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the Japanese Raging Bull?
30 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

Japan's answer to Rocky Balboa delivers exactly what the title (a more literal translation of which would be 'The Old One-Two') promises: a crude, colorful portrait of a Japanese boxer who stages a dramatic and dangerous comeback after suffering brain damage in the ring. The film is based in part on the true story of welterweight champ Hidekazu Akai: an ignorant, profane, and unpredictably violent character portrayed (in a remarkably natural performance) by Akai himself. The film is something of a departure from the high-tech futurism of recent Japanese imports; it's more a back-street character study than a glossy comeback drama. The fight scenes, because they feature actual boxers, have none of the phony crowd-pleasing heroics of their Hollywood counterparts, but the film is no less lively or entertaining for that. At one point the champ even extinguishes a cigarette on his tongue, something the Italian Stallion surely never attempted.

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