Blue (Japan, 2021)
Nobuto is a boxer who is not going to be a champion anytime soon. He works hard, trains, attends consistently and yet ends up amassing losses. In the same gym and training with Nobuto is Kazuki. The latter man looks destined for success. Moreover, he is engaged to Chika who was crushed on by Nobuto when they were children.I thoroughly enjoyed this film centered around a couple of friends going through tough times together and seeing their relationship twist and turn. A slight love triangle develops but remarkably doesn't make the film into some romantic sap-fest. It's just there and we're invested in the characters, played by actors who've become big stars in recent years. Ken'ichi Matsuyama (Norwegian Wood, Death Note) was a highlight for me as a likeable but interestingly flawed character in that he's lifted up as an authority figure in the gym but in reality he's quite timid and leaves a lot to be wished for in the boxing department. A film that doesn't try to overdo it with hidden meanings and life lessons, but portrays 3-4 characters small personal journeys. Genre: Drama/Sport. 1h 47min.
Genre: Drama/Sport. 1h 47min.