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288 Ratings

Fighting Elegy

Kenka Erejii

Directed by Seijun Suzuki
Japan, 1966
Action, Comedy, Drama


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.

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Fighting Elegy Directed by Seijun Suzuki

Critics reviews

One of Suzuki’s most outwardly farcical efforts, Fighting Elegy subjects the histrionics of military training to an approach both cerebrally ironic and unabashedly slapstick—a sort of hybrid of Dr. Strangelove and Jerry Lewis.
March 01, 2016
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It’s one of Suzuki’s best films, and deserves a place among the finest works of cinema satire, alongside the best of Yasuzo Masumura, Robert Altman, or Billy Wilder.
November 06, 2015
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Suzuki was forty-three years old when he made Fighting Elegy, his penultimate film for Nikkatsu, but it was—and remains—a wonderfully youthful movie. A subversively funny account of the making of a model fascist, it goes where no film before had gone in search of comic insights into the adolescent male mind.
January 10, 2005
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