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UK PREMIERE Blue
Institute of Contemporary Arts
November 2022
Blue (ブルー), dir. Keisuke Yoshida, Japan 2021, 107 min., Japanese with English subtitles, 12A


Humiliated by a thrashing given to him as a teenager, Tsuyoshi (Tokio Emoto), decides to join a boxing gym to be more attractive to women. In his discovery of a new passion for the sport, he is guided by coach Nobuto (Kenichi Matsuyama), himself a long-time practitioner and lover of boxing. Despite his burning enthusiasm, Nobuto continuously finds himself unable to win a single match. Meanwhile, his boxing mate Kazuki (Masahiro Higashide) 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 he receives from Chika (Fumino Kimura), Nobuto’s childhood sweetheart. Will the efforts and enthusiasm of all three men be enough to achieve what is desired? 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.
 
05:50 pm
Sat, 05 Feb 2022
Cinema 1
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