Boutaoshi! (棒たおし! / Pole Toppling!) is a 2003 Japanese film. It was directed by Tetsu Maeda (School Days with a Pig).[1] and released on March 21, 2003. The film's screenplay was written by Minoru Matsumoto (Dolphin blue: Fuji, mou ichido sora e).[2] It features artists from the Pony Canyon record label, including members of Lead and Flame.[3] Production committee members included those from Pony Canyon, Japan Skyway, Jesus Vision, Tokyo Theaters Company, Inc. and PAL Planning, with distribution by Tokyo Theater and PAL Planning.

Directed byTetsu Maeda
Written byMinoru Matsumoto
StarringShinya Tanuichi, Hiroki Nakadoi, Keita Furua, Akira Kagimoto, Kyohei Kaneko, Yu Kitamura
Distributed byTokyo Theater, PAL Planning, Pony Canyon, Japan Skyway, Jesus Vision
Release date
  • March 21, 2003 (2003-03-21)

The film is based on the Japanese game bo-taoshi, a capture the flag-like game played during school sports days.

The song's main theme was "Fly Away" by Lead, of which Shinya Tanuichi - who played the lead character - is a member.

Plot Edit

The film is based on the Japanese game bo-taoshi, a capture the flag-like game played during sports days in Japan. The game has since been banned as too dangerous.

Boutaoshi! centers around the sport during its peak, due to the high injury rate among players. A group of students decide to create a team for their school's final tournament.

The main character is Tsuguo Takayama (Shinya Tanuichi), who has family issues, most notably with his father, who constantly belittles him after his mother's suicide (Miyuki Matsuda). He starts playing bo-taoshi, though initially he has little interest; after his father mocks bo-taoshi, Tsuguo becomes passionate about it.

He discovers he has a talent for the sport and begins playing with his classmates and friends. The mischievous Isamu Hisanaga (Kyohei Kaneko) sees him and comes up with a plan to test Tsuguo's skills. Tsuguo is conned into joining the final competition.[4][5]

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Release Edit

Boutaoshi! made its theatrical debut in Japan on March 21, 2003.[6] It was released on DVD on August 20 of the same year.[7][better source needed]

References Edit

  1. ^ "Tetsu Maeda". IMDb. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "Dolphin Blue: Fuji, mou ichido sora e (2007)". IMDb. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  3. ^ "映画 棒たおし!". AllCinema. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  4. ^ "棒たおし! - 作品情報・映画レビュー". KINENOTE. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
  5. ^ "棒たおし!". Movie Walker. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  6. ^ "棒たおし! : 作品情報". 映画 (EIGA). Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  7. ^ "Boutaoshi! (Japan Version)". YesAsia. Retrieved November 7, 2018.

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