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Rating: 6 stars


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The Champion (1957)

Directed by Umetsugu Inoue

Drama | Sports | Music

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Eikichi Yamashiro, who is a former contender for the boxing title, works as a manager at a Club Champion owned by his fiancé Natsuko’s father. He lost a title match five years ago as he was besotted by Natsuko, but Eikichi actually cannot give up the dream of the championship. One day, he meets Shuntaro Fuma, who is a punk kid but a promising boxer, and realizes the dream that he himself could never fulfill. Then, they together start to train with the aim of the title.  Mari Shiraki is an up-and-coming ballerina under the patronage of Eikichi as well. Eikichi forbids Shuntaro and Mari to be romantically involved with someone during their training, however, they start to go on a date. (source: Nikkatsu International)

Length 97 minutes


Tatsuya Mihashi | Taiji Tonoyama | Tôru Abe | Masao Shimizu | Yôko Minamida | Akira Kobayashi | Yûjirô Ishihara | Jô Shishido | Hyôe Enoki | Zenji Yamada | Mie Kitahara | Kazuo Kinugasa | Noriko Katsura | Seijiro Takano | Keiko Tama | Hisae Urashima | Mamoru Yokoyama | Ogino Hiroshi

Viewing Notes

Not a fan of this kind of melodramatic story in addition to the whole “let’s support a man’s obsession even if he’s kind of asshole” angle. I do like seeing that 1950s Westernized night life in Japan and would’ve preferred more night club entertainers over the Swan Lake performance. Not a bad movie just not my kind of movie but I won’t knock it for that.


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