In The Boxer, a young man looking for success tries to convince an ex-star (Bunta Sugawara) to become his coach. Living far from the rest of the world, the ex-boxer is first reluctant to accept the offer, as he took an early retirement, fed up with the violence of the game.
As surprising as it may sound, it’s the first and last commercial work from Shuji Terayama. And it’s more of a social drama, where the director tried to portray two outcasts living on the fringes of society: how two broken men are trying to survive.
Another intriguing move, the film was scored by none other than J.A Seazer, who’s been a long time collaborator with Terayama and composed some experimental & highly moody-psychedelic tracks. It sounds like he went for something totally different for this down-to-earth drama.