(aka "Elegy to Violence" or "The Born Fighter" or "Kenka erejii")


Japan 1966

Violence as a release for repressed sexual desire is the main theme in this poker-faced comedy and brilliant fascist allegory about young Japanese males who find that a good rumble relieves the tension caused by a lack of masturbation in their lives. Gorgeously filmed in ‘Scope, this was Suzuki’s penultimate film for Nikkatsu Studio before being promptly fired for his work on “Branded to Kill.” Even if this lacks many of the visual stylings that have come to characterize Suzuki’s work, this film is proof positive that he is also a gifted comedic director and one of the defining filmmakers in Japanese cinema.

Adam Lemke

Theatrical Release: Japan 1966

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Runtime 1.26.06

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Audio Monaural
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Criterion Collection

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• New, restored high-definition digital transfer
• Original theatrical trailer
• improved English subtitles
• Essay by critic/historian Tony Rayns

DVD Release Date: 01/11/05
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Don’t let the lack of extras deter you from this release in the slightest, this disc is a must-own for anyone interested in Japanese cinema. Criterion has improved upon the somewhat mucky transfers of their earlier Suzuki releases and turned out a gorgeous transfer that despite some occasional print damage represents the apex for Suzuki on DVD.


The liner notes essay by Tony Rayns is indispensable, but the real gem here is the film, which I think you will see, speaks for itself.

 - Adam Lemke



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