Katie Murphy Amphitheatre (FIT) – 3:30pm
Friday, October 20th

MUKOKU By Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
120 min | Action, Adventure | Japan | 2017
US Premiere


Kengo has a great skill in Kendo but he quits after a tragic incident and now works as a security guard, spending his days drinking. One day, he encounters a high school student Toru, who has a natural high ability in Kendo and fond of rap music. Meeting Toru evokes Kengo a spirit of Kendo again and both of them start devoting themselves to grow up as a fencer and human. And soon, they are destined for a fatal battle.


Born in 1974, in Hokkaido. Kumakiri studied film at Osaka Art Academy, where he graduated with the film “Kichiku” (1998), which took the second prize at the Pia Film Festival in 1997 and was invited to over 10 film festivals throughout the world including the Panorama section of the 48th Berlin International Film Festival. In 2008, his film, “Non-Ko” was selected in numerous film festivals such as Spectrum section in International Film Festival Rotterdam, and also highly acclaimed domestically to win No. 1 Japanese film of the year in Eiga-Geijutsu, renown film magazine. “Sketches of Kaitan City” (2010) was selected in competition of Tokyo International Film Festival, won Lino Brocka Award and Best Actor in Cinemanila International Film Festival and Jury Prize in Deauville Asian Film Festival. He has directed “My Man” in 2014 which received Golden St. George and Silver St. George in Moscow International Film Festival and numerous awards in Japan. His recent work includes “The End of Summer” (2013) and “Dias Police: Dirty Yellow Boys.”

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