Summary: The low mark is not for the film, but the DVD quality. I'm posting this as a warning to prospective renters. With no word of exaggeration the quality of this disc is truly abysmal. The subs are barely legible, the print is non-anamorphic, and looks as though it has been mastered from a tenth-generation VHS pirate. That this was even deemed fit for release is incredible and the publishers should be ashamed.
Summary: This is the kind of film the director Shinya Tsukamoto makes over and over again: It follows a guy lost in Tokyo. He has a girlfriend and an office job. We see these only briefly becuase Tsukamoto isn't interested in this side of people. He's interested in what happens when things go wrong. The normal joe in Tokyo Fist loses his wife to an 'untamed beast' of a boxer, and so in order to win her back decides to become one himself. Is that boxer? or the aformentioned beast?
Summary: Tsukamoto's films are unique. There are themes that recur, some of the more prominent being: Tokyo and the borderline between its business world and the underground, body dysmorphia, the body as a weapon, violence throughout japanese society. The trouble, it seems to me anyway, is that of the films i've seen (TETSUO 1 & 2, BULLET BALLET, SNAKE OF JUNE) he hasn't progressed or expanded these ideas beyond his original premises.
Summary: A strange on this. Easy to dislike, harder to enjoy and yet, strangely enough, it will certainly make an impression. If you're expecting Rocky or even Champion then you are sadly mistaken. Sure, there is boxing. There's a love interest too, but that's where comparisons have to end. The direction is distracting to say the least. Arty, not really. Ambitious, certainly. Fulfilled, hardly. The problem is that none of the characters are at all likeable.
Summary: As it starts, you think it's going to be full of unique action scenes which you expect from Japanese films but, you get the complete opposite. Poor fighting scenes, a story which is mind-boggling and poor camera shooting. Overall, If you're drunk or stoned, you might enjoy it, but I doubt it.