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 Midnighteye.com. He often provides audio commentary and other contributions for Blu-ray and DVD releases.