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Fighting Elegy

Seijun Suzuki

 
Fighting Elegy (Criterion DVD)

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  • Japan
  • 1966
  • 86 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #269

High schooler Kiroku Nanbu yearns for the prim, Catholic Michiko, but her only desire is to reform Kiroku’s sinful tendencies. Hormones raging, Kiroku channels his unsatisfied lust into the only outlet available: savage, crazed violence. Fighting Elegy (Kenka Erejii) is a unique masterpiece in the diverse career of Seijun Suzuki, combining the director’s signature bravura visual style with a brilliantly focused satire of machismo and fascism.

Cast

Kiroku NanbuHideki Takahashi
MichikoJunko Asano
TurtleYusuke Kawazu
TakuanMitsuo Kataoka
Principal of Kitakata J.H.S.Isao Tamagawa
KanedaKeisuke Noro
Ikki KitaHiroshi Midorigawa
Kiroku’s fatherSeijiro Onda
Yoshino NanbuChikako Miyagi

Credits

DirectorSeijun Suzuki
Art directionTakeo Kimura
CinematographyKenji Hagiwara
ScreenplayKaneto Shindo
Based on a novel byTakashi Suzuki
EditingMutsuo Tanji
MusicNaozumi Yamamoto
ProducerKazu Otsuka

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by renowned critic and historian Tony Rayns

    New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Film Essays

Fighting Elegy

By Tony Rayns January 10, 2005

In an essay published in 1981 in the Japanese film magazine Art Theater, Suzuki Seijun’s kid brother Kenji offered what still stands as one of the most illuminating comments on his brother’s . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Fighting Elegy

By Tony Rayns January 10, 2005

In an essay published in 1981 in the Japanese film magazine Art Theater, Suzuki Seijun’s kid brother Kenji offered what still stands as one of the most illuminating comments on his brother’s . . . Read more »