The upcoming live action movie of the seminal Japanese manga Ashita no Joe, starring my darling YamaPi (Yamashita Tomohisa), finally released its full-length trailer. Pi stars as the titular Yabuki Joe, a scrappy boxing contender looking for glory in a gritty post-war Japanese era. Doth my eyes deceive me? Does Pi actually look *gasp* alive and fiery in that poster above? Oh yes he does. What dead fish eyes I say.
Ashita no Joe (translation means Tomorrow’s Joe) was essentially a fictional hero for a Japan still struggling through post-war reconstruction. A perfection description of Joe’s cultural impact comes from this wikipedia entry:
Joe was essentially the tragic hero representing the struggle of the lower class. His trial and sacrifice to the sport was a semi-reflection of the will of the people he was representing. By the 1970s, manga readers and college students across Japan would turn the character into an icon.
Normally boxing movies are as interesting to me as watching paint dry, but for my Pi (who I am a completist more than I am for anyone), I’m getting in the ring for this one. Happily for my retina, this actually looks good. The movie will be set in the same 60’s era as the manga was set, so expect lots of funky attire. Since boxers don’t wear tops in the ring, also expect lots of abs. I’m totally onboard with that.
Trailer for Ashita no Joe: