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In Amir Naderi‘s Cut, a film enthusiast protesting against the rise of mindless spectacle over artistic integrity finds himself forced to pay off his brother’s debt to a local yakuza. He takes this opportunity to become a human punching bag (an exchange of money for hits) as a new method of projecting his anger at mainstream cinema. Synopsis as follows (via The Match Factory):

“Struggling young filmmaker Shuji is dedicated to changing the state of cinema. Shouting passionately in the street for radical change in public taste, he longs to bring back the artistic quality of the cinema classics. Frustrated, he finds solace in visiting the graves of his cherished directors: Kurosawa, Ozu, Mizoguchi. One evening during one of his rooftop cinephile screenings, two thugs come and take Shuji away to an old boxing gym turned yakuza office/bar. Boss man Masaki informs Shuji that his brother Shingo borrowed lots of money to finance Shuji’s filmmaking. His brother has been beaten to death for failure to pay back the loans. The responsibility now falls on Shuji. Shuji decides that the only way to pay off the debt is to become a human punching bag in the gym’s toilets where his brother was killed. For a price per punch, gang members can hit Shuji’s six-pack until he can’t take anymore. This quickly becomes a sick game for the violent yakuza to shoot off steam. Shuji withstands the beatings by thinking lovingly of his favorite films or angrily at “shit films.” Pretty bartender Yoko manages the punching sessions and collects Shuji’s earnings. She supports him compassionately, but watching the pain Shuji endures becomes too much. She is replaced by veteran yakuza Hiroshi, who recruits even more paying punchers and integrates a betting system. As the payback deadline approaches, the yakuza boss implements questionable additional payments to make things more difficult for Shuji. His energy and mental condition are weakening, but Shuji’s toughest battle is still to come.”

No trailer released yet, but a clip of the film is embedded at the bottom of the page:

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