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The Winner


Directed by Umetsugu Inoue
Japan, 1957


Tells the story of a punk kid who tries boxing as a lark, gets the tar punched out of him and starts training for real. His manager is a former contender who sees the punk as way to realize a dream of championship he himself could never fulfill.

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The Winner Directed by Umetsugu Inoue

Critics reviews

Made in the cinematic era of Vincente Minnelli and Douglas Sirk, and teeming with colorful tableaus, it evokes a melodramatic grandiosity that transcends cultural nuance. . . . Its emotional impact is as affecting as that of its no-holds-barred action sequences—one might say it really packs a punch.
June 15, 2018
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Inoue took inspiration for this subplot from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s The Red Shoes, and like that film, The Winner features a lavish ballet sequence that incorporates dazzling special effects to render a theatrical performance cinematic.
May 30, 2018
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