Tokyo Fist

Tokyo Fist ★★★★½

Abrasive, aggressive, and exhausting, Shinya Tsukamoto's Tokyo Fist takes the basic formula of two men fighting over a woman and subverts it, eventually revealing her as the alpha and them as quivering messes of insecure masculinity.

Shinya seems to be exploring both the transformative power of rage and the crushing sense of insignificance that comes from an urban life. These men are consumed and ultimately destroyed by an almost child-like sense of masculine competition, and one not simply born of lust, but out of a seeming desire to overcome to immense buildings surrounding them.

Incredible.

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