Wilderness (2017 film)

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Directed byYoshiyuki Kishi
Screenplay byTakehiko Minato
Yoshiyuki Kishi
Based onnovel Aa Koya
by Shūji Terayama
Produced byHiromitsu Sugita
Junko Sato
Mitsunobu Kawamura
Ryo Yukizane
Yuko Nakamura
Masahiro Handa
Starring Masaki Suda
Yang Ik-june
CinematographyKozo Natsumi
Release date
  • 7 October 2017 (2017-10-07)(Japan) (Part One)
  • 21 October 2017 (2017-10-21)(Japan) (Part Two)
  • October 2017 (2017-10)(BIFF)
Running time
Part One: 157 minutes
Part Two: 147 minutes

Wilderness: Part One & Part Two (Japanese: あゝ、荒野, Hepburn: Aa, Koya, lit: "Ah, Wilderness") is a 2017 Japanese two-part drama film based on arthouse screenwriter Shūji Terayama's one and only full length novel, Aa Koya, published in 1966. Directed by Yoshiyuki Kishi, it stars Masaki Suda and Yang Ik-june. It made its world premiere in A Window on Asian Cinema at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival in 2017. [1]



Two "losers" meet by chance when they decide to join a rundown boxing gym by half-blind trainer Horiguchi (Yūsuke Santamaria). Ex-convict Shinji (Masaki Suda), whose father's suicide death impacts his mental health and outward aggressiveness, has just been released from a juvenile detention centre and is out to take revenge on Yuji Yamamoto (Yūki Yamada) who betrayed him and has since become a boxer. Kenji (Yang Ik-june), a mild-mannered half-Korean-half-Japanese barber, is extremely shy and stutters due to a traumatic past with his abusive father. They form an unlikely friendship as they journey their way to become professional boxers and a way back into an unforgiving society. [2] [3] [4]


Awards and nominations

201760th Blue Ribbon Awards [1] Best Film WildernessWon
Best Actor Masaki Suda Nominated
42nd Hochi Film Award Best Actor Masaki Suda Won
30th Nikkan Sports Film Award Best Actor Masaki Suda Won
201891st Kinema Junpo Award Best Actor Masaki Suda Won
Best Supporting Actor Yang Ik-june Won
41st Japan Academy Prize [1] Best Actor Masaki Suda Won
12th Asian Film Awards [5] Best Supporting Actor Yang Ik-june Won
72nd Mainichi Film Awards Best Actor Masaki Suda Won
13th Osaka Cinema FestivalBest Actor Masaki Suda Won
27th Tokyo Sports Film Award Best Actor Masaki Suda Nominated

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