Film Series : Umetsugu Inoue: Japan's Music Man

The Winner

Shori-sha / 勝利者

1957, Umetsugu Inoue, Japan, 98 min. With Yujiro Ishihara, Mie Kitahara.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 15th 2:00pm
  • Sun, Jun 17th 5:15pm

Intersecting circles of obligation link a nightclub manager and former boxer, the belligerent youth he vows to make a champion, and the penniless ex-showgirl whose ballet training he funds, in a story balanced between the low-brow milieus of a Ginza boxing ring and the high-brow world of the ballet studio. Eikichi, urged to uneasy respectability by his socialite fiancée, defiantly aspires to achieve his dream by plucking the reckless thug Shuntaro (Ishihara) from a barroom floor to mold into the fighter who will succeed where he failed. A tangled web of love and secrets is laid bare when Shuntaro faces the critical match and Eikichi's dancing protégé Mari becomes a prima ballerina. Inoue's jazzy visual stylization reaches its peak with the film's ultimate dance set-piece, a colorful and gloriously campy mashup of "Swan Lake" and Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen's ON THE TOWN. In Japanese with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)