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14:52 - 9th July 2012, by David West

See Aiki For Free At The Embassy of Japan

The free movie series at the Embassy Of Japan in London continues this month with Daisuke Tengan's Aiki.

The story for the film was inspired by Ole Kingston Jensen, a Danish martial artist who uses a wheelchair and has become the highest-ranking non-Japanese member of the Roppokai branch of Aiki Jujutsu.

Taichi (Haruhiko Kato) is a promising young boxer whose career is cut short by a motorcycle crash that leaves him in a wheelchair.

Unable to defend himself, he searches for a martial arts teacher willing to take him on as their pupil. After numerous rejections, he meets an Aiki Jujitsu instructor called Hiraishi (Ryo Ishibashi) who agrees to teach him.

But even as he struggles to learn Aiki Jujitsu, Taichi has to deal with the local thugs who pick on him and a ruthless kenpo instructor spoiling for a fight.

Aiki will be shown at the Embassy Of Japan on Tuesday 17 July 2012.
Location: Embassy of Japan, 101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT

The screening is free to attend but pre-booking your place is essential. Details of how to register can be found by clicking here.

The trailer, sadly without subtitles, is below and you read Mark Schilling's review for The Japan Times here.

Don't miss this rare chance to see this great film which was last screened over here at the London Film Festival in 2002!

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