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Japan-Philippines co-production film, "GENSAN PUNCH" shooting in progress! Filming locations include Fukuoka!

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A drama depicting persistent challenge to achieving dream

GENSAN PUNCH
©️Kenji Hayashi
A movie depicting the real story of an amputee boxer that went to the Philippines from Japan - "Gisoku no Boxer" (provisional Japanese title, EN.: "GENSAN PUNCH") is now shooting in progress! Filming locations include places in Fukuoka Prefecture like Miyajidake Jinja and Fukuoka City Hall. It is a drama movie based on the true story of Tsuchiyama Naozumi, who became a professional boxer in the Philippines despite wearing a prosthetic limb, and moved to Okinawa after retirement. The movie is directed by Filipino director Brillante Mendoza, who has been awarded at the Cannes Film Festival. On the other hand, Shogen, who played the main protagonist in "Kokoro Odoru"/ Okinawan Blue" (directed by Kishimoto Tsukasa) is playing the leading role. It is worth mentioning that we had a chance to experience the tension at one of their rehearsal scenes at Fukuoka City Hall a while ago, where a room was set as the office of Japan Boxing Committee, for shooting the scene of the protagonist applying for a professional license.
Shogen, Ronnie Lazaro
(From left) 尚玄 (Shogen), and Filipino actor Ronnie Lazaro
義足のボクサー
The city hall has been transformed into a shooting scene as boxing-related posters can be seen.

義足のボクサー
The rehearsal scene where you can feel the tension in the air!

Brillante Mendoza
Director Brillante Mendoza
Mr. Mendoza has visited Fukuoka for many times including his attendance at the "FOCUS ON ASIA FUKUOKA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL". When we asked about the impression of Fukuoka, "the food is delicious, the city is laid-back and the people are very warm," he replied pleasantly and was grateful that the shooting went very well. Since the film making is still in progress, he mentioned that he can't talk a lot about the movie yet, but told us passionately, "It's a very inspiring movie. Although it's a story about a Japanese boxer and it's shot in places like Okinawa and Fukuoka, we're trying to show as much of the culture in both Japan and the Philippines." The story tells the pride, love and friendship of the boxer while depicting his persistent challenge to achieving his dream. The shooting is scheduled to be wrapped in July, can't wait for the release! (Editorial Dept.: text: Nika / photo: Gon)
GENSAN PUNCH
©️Koki Takeyasu

GENSAN PUNCH
©️Koki Takeyasu

GENSAN PUNCH
©️GENSAN PUNCH

GENSAN PUNCH
©️GENSAN PUNCH

INFORMATION

Shogen
- Official Website: http://www.shogenism.com/
- Twitter: @shogenism
- Facebook: @shogenofficial
- Instagram: @shogenism

Brillante Mendoza
- Twitter: @brillante_ma
- Facebook: @bmfilmfoundation

Ronnie Lazaro
- Twitter: @ronnielazaro

Fukuoka Film Commission
- Official Website: https://www.fukuoka-film.com/
- Twitter: @fukuoka_f_c
- Facebook: @FukuokaFilmCommission

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