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Boxer + Transparent, the world is (15*)

Japanese Avant-garde & Experimental Film Festival

a boxer stands next to a punching bag with his boxing gloves on

Collapsing the line between mainstream sports drama and formal invention, avant-garde hero Shuji Terayama’s Boxer is arguably the greatest boxing film ever made.

Welcome to Saturday night JAEFF Fight Night! A real underdog story! Dripping with surrealist style! Let’s get ready to rumble!

Former champ Hayato (Bunta Sugawara) is washed up and disillusioned. His shot at redemption arrives in the form of young boxer Henma (Kentarô Shimizu) seeking tutelage. While Boxer contains all the training montages required by the genre, the focus is always on the fluidity, punishment, and dedication of the fighting body.

Boxer is preceded by Yuri Muraoka’s kaleidoscopic portrait of the filmmaker and her daughters, Transparent, the world is. A short film depicting the relationship between being and society.

This screening includes an introduction by Julian Ross.

Japan 1977 Dir Shuji Terayama 94 min

Japan 2019 Dir Yuri Muraoka 7 min

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