Boys On The Run
Colin

Boys On The Run

Screening:

    Friday 1 October 6:30pm

Runtime:

114 mins

Director: Daisuke Miura Country: Japan
Writer: Daisuke Miura Original Format: 35mm
Dir. of Photography: Shinya Kimura Print Source: AMUSE SOFT ENTERTAINMENT, Ms. Emi Iizuka
Producer: Yasuhiro Masaoka, Takeshi Sawa, Hitoshi Endo
Cast: Kazunobu Mineta, Mei Kurokawa, Ryuhei Matsuda

Film Details

UK Premiere

Short Synopsis:

When menial worker Tanishi falls for colleague Chiharu he must fight a rival company’s star salesman for her honour.

Review:

Boys on the Run stars Kazunobu Mineta (frontman for punk-rock band Ging Nang Boyz) as Tanishi, a 29-year-old virgin stuck in a menial position at a failing company that manufactures rather risqué capsule toys. Tanishi’s idle existence of porn and fantasizing is thrown into disarray after a night of drunken flirtation with his co-worker Chiharu, the object of his fantasies. Despite Tanishi's repeated acts of self-sabotage it seems that nothing can drive Chiharu away. But when Aoyama, star salesman of a rival capsule company, becomes a rival Tanishi vows to fight him for Chiharu’s honour.


Playing a bit like the Japanese take on 40 Year Old Virgin, with a little bit of Rocky thrown in for good measure, Boys on the Run is based on a manga by Kengo Hanazawa and is the debut feature film from successful theatre director Daisuke Miura. Chock full of deliciously awkward moments, the film also has a lot more depth than the average sex comedy, asking us to consider how and when exactly a boy becomes a man. On the run from the ever-looming threat of responsibility and maturity, Tanishi tries to explore his masculinity through sex and after that fails, through violence. Boys on the Run is both a hilariously demented sex comedy and a surprisingly touching almost-love story that repeatedly and ingeniously turns underdog clichés on their head.

Elsewhere:

Boys On The Run Raindance Preview Review : Fest 21

Read the Empire review

 

All films to be screened at:

Apollo Cinema: Piccadilly Circus
19 Lower Regent Street
London
SW1Y 4LR