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Tokyo Fist
Tokyo Fist
Actors: Kahori Fujii, Nobu Kanaoka, Naomasa Musaka, Tomorowo Taguchi, Naoto Takenaka
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
UR     1999     1hr 27min

Shinya Tsukamoto is most famous for his two Tetsuo films, nightmarish tales of flesh fusing with metal in a hallucinatory metamorphosis that would give David Cronenberg pause. For Tokyo Fist, he leaves the technological t...  more »


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Actors: Kahori Fujii, Nobu Kanaoka, Naomasa Musaka, Tomorowo Taguchi, Naoto Takenaka
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Manga Video
Format: DVD - Color,Letterboxed - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/29/1999
Original Release Date: 05/22/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 05/22/1998
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 27min
Screens: Color,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
Edition: Director's Cut
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Tsukamoto only gets better
Scott M. Fedor | Chicago | 11/25/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Tokyo Fist shows the development of Shinya Tsukamoto's directorial skills. While Tokyo Fist still contains the brilliant, over the top visuals of the Tetsuo series(used to great effect in the boxing ring), he allows the camera and film to be calm, allowing story, thought and emotion to enter. There is strong character development in this one as the protagonists try to understand how one can feel and be alive in a cold city. Definetly not recommended for the squeamish as Tsukamoto has to no issue with placing the grotesque in your face."
It's not "Tetsuo", but good on its own merits
Dan Seitz | Somerville, MA, USA | 03/08/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Truthfully, I'm not sure what the other reviews are complaining about: "Tokyo Fist" is arguably more coherent than "Tetsuo", although it's hardly a finely tuned plot. Nor are the goings-on more extreme than in "Tetsuo." The tattoos and piercings are not "ritual"; in fact, they're pretty direct self-mutilation and alteration. I really don't understand why this is slapped with "Warning: Adult Content" labels, because frankly, the American cinema has seen much worse.
The "Fight Club" paralells people draw are also very misleading; first of all, the plots are nothing alike. This is more similar to "Tetsuo" than anything else. Second, this is in terms of direction simply a better film. It's obvious Tsukamoto sat down and thought hard about how exactly he wanted each shot to be presented, whereas David Fincher tried to assault the senses by NOT thinking. It's not as digestible to American audiences, but them's the breaks.
Tsukamoto's distinct directorial style (there's even a little stop-motion here) is better defined here, especially his use of color. His "video game" style is very much present here, and while it's not for everyone, if you're interested in being challenged, it's probably for you. It's also a good lead-in to "Tetsuo", although the same warning there applies here: if you haven't sampled of David Cronenberg, David Lynch and a few other "perverse" filmmakers, I'd step carefully."
garlandb | Ottawa, Ontario | 07/12/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Shinya Tsukamoto has definitely matured a great deal since Tetsuo. This is one of those movies that have a few really incredible moments and some not so interesting, slow moving parts. The 'good parts' of this film are very, very good though. The violence is very over the top and the makeup is quite grotesque. I find that the makeup in Asian films, although not as flawless as Hollywood makeup, is always tough to take. After a character endures a brutal beating (in this film the aforementioned beatings are sometimes self afflicted) their face is covered in blood and various horrible contusions, bruises, etc. While not an incredible movie throughout the climax, which is made up of a montage between the three main characters, is incredible. I'm not really sure who to recommend this movie to since it's not very similar to Tsukamoto's earlier efforts. It's one of those very original, very cool movies that you won't want to buy but will be very happy you experienced it."
Tsukamoto steps in the ring
brian j snowball | New York | 11/14/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Shinya Tsukamoto has improved significantly since his 1988 release of Tetsuo:the iron man. This film has shots in it that spin my brain around. The tone to this film is one of conflict, both physical and emotional. The two rivals are bonded by a faded vow that one no longer even cares about. When the other steals his fiance he soon begins to walk a path of vengeance. The final resolution is dramatic to say the least. Keep an eye on the way Shinya intensifies scenes by rumbling the shot about. If you are a fan and are not sure about this one, trust me it is his best so far. I really didn't like that they put some stupid anti-drug commercial on the DVD though, those kinds of things should only be on television."