In this new gripping boxing drama directed by South Africa’s Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, an aging, womanising professional boxer Dudu (Bongile Mantsai) and his career-criminal brother Duke (Thembekile Komani) take one last shot at success and get more than what they bargained for.
The movie opens in 1994, Knuckle City and shifts between the childhood and adult lives of the sons (played as children by Inga Mtshizana and Elethu Mfombi) of legendary boxing champion turned gangster Art Nyakama (Zolisa Xaluva). Cut to 2019 and the boys have grown up to follow closely in the footsteps of their father.
Dudu has become a womanizing professional boxer and Duke is now a career criminal, chasing money and thrills at every turn. But Dudu is about to age out before he’s had his chance at fame, and the fight promoters have a lot more faith in the young talent coming up behind him than they do in his comeback chances. With Duke set to be released after a three-year stint in prison, Dudu enlists the help of his brother’s criminal connections to try to get himself one last shot but both end up with a much bigger fight than they bargained for.
Starring: Bongile Mantsai, Sivuyile Ngesi, Nomhle Nkonyeni
Running time: 111 minutes
Country: South Africa
Directed by: Jahmil X.T. Qubeka
‘Knuckle City’ was chosen as this year’s South African entry for Best International Feature Film Award for the 2020 Oscar Awards.
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