Tokyo Stories: Tokyo Fist (1995)

Hoezo in Kino

After shocking the world with his inventive and gory Tetsuo: Iron Man and Tetsuo II: Body Hammer, writer, director, DoP and set designer Shin’ya Tsukamoto returned in 1995 with Tokyo Fist. A striking portret of blossoming rage in the repressive setting of the cold corporate skyscrapers of the financial district in Tokyo. The film uses violence and the brutal release of it as much as a therapeutic outlet as David Fincher’s Fight Club would four years later. Hyper-stylized, powerful and utterly unique – this film represent the duality of Japanese society like no other. We will only screen Tokyo Fist once, so don’t miss it. Presented in Japanese with English subtitles, with an introduction by Tom Mes.

Regie: Shin'ya Tsukamoto

Cast: Kaori Fujii, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Kôji Tsukamoto


Actie, Drama, Thriller

Land: Japan

Speelduur: 87 minuten

Ondertiteling: English


Shin’ya Tsukamoto is seen as both leading actor and director of this violent drama. Tsukamoto plays fatigued insurance salesman Tsuda, frustrated by his unfilled job and his passionless relationship with his girlfriend Hizuru. Although everything seems to be fine on the surface, his uneventful life takes a turn when a childhood friend Kojima shows up. Kojima, a professional boxer, drives Tsuda insane with jealousy after he tries to seduce Hizuru. Suspecting an affair, Tsuda decides to train rigorously as a boxer to take Kojima down.

► Tokyo Fist (1995) will be introduced by Leiden University lecturer and writer Tom Mes. His bibliography includes works about filmmakers Shin’ya Tsukamoto and Takashi Miike. He was also co-founder of the leading Japanese cinema website He often provides audio commentary and other contributions for Blu-ray and DVD releases.