In Full Bloom

Title: In Full Bloom

Genre: Drama, Crime

Year: 2020

Cast: Yusuke Ogasawara, Tyler JW Wood, S. Scott McCracken, Stefanie Estes, Hidetoshi Imura, Shu Sakimoto, with Timothy V. Murphy, and Hiroyuke Watanabe

Written and Directed by: Adam VillaSenor, Reza Ghassemi

Produced by: Ehud Bleiberg, Nicholas Donnermeyer, Jacob Stein, Adam VillaSenor, Reza Ghassemi

Co-Produced by: Hiroyuke Watanabe, Kyle Stroud, Alain Vo, Melanie Kollar

Origin: Japan, USA

Language(s): English, Japanese

Awards/Festivals: WINNER: Best Film (Top Prize), Best First Feature – Oldenburg Film Festival


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“Spectacular! Brilliantly photographed… A boundary-breaking film that soars to almost unreal philosophical heights.” -NWZ Online

“A cinematic experience in a new dimension. A film that hit all senses and comes together like a perfectly composed piece of art.” -Diabolo

“Impressive… a soulful, visually exciting reflection on battle.” -Film Threat

FROM THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMME: In the snowy mountains of post WWII Japan, surrounded by uninhabited nature, reigning boxing champion, Masahiro, trains for a high stakes international fight under the hard guidance of his sensei. His upcoming opponent: Clint Sullivan, a down-and-out fighter from American – the occupying power. The war is over, but not forgotten. It is a fight that will test the very limits of their spirits. With their feature debut, Ghassemi and VillaSenor have created a meditation about Dignity, Ambition, and Freedom. An overwhelming epic with stunning visuals. Eight-time time sound Oscar® nominee Wylie Stateman (“Kill Bill,” “Django Unchained”) and composer Andrew Kawczynski (“Dunkirk”) have created a soundscape that is nothing less than an atmospheric earthquake. In their screen debut, Tyler Wood and Yusuke Ogasawara imbue their characters with unflinching earnestness and emotional athleticism. And the fantastic, non-linear screenplay delivers a complexity that can only been grasped when seen as a whole. Cinema was invented for films like “In Full Bloom.”