Knuckle City

There are 3 ways out of Knuckle City. Through the Ring. In the back of a Cop Car. In a Pine Box.

Knuckle City
South Africa’s official entry for the Foreign Language Oscar starts off in 1994. The storyline shifts between the childhood and adult lives of the sons of a legendary boxing champion turned gangster. Cut to 2019 and the boys have grown up to follow closely in the footsteps of their father. One has become a womanising professional boxer and his brother is now a career criminal, chasing money and thrills at every turn. But the boxer is ageing fast, 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 his brother set to be released after a three-year stint in prison, the boxer 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. In Xhosa language with English subtitles.

125 minutes.
No persons under 18 (Language, Sex, Nudity, Violence, Drug abuse).
Crime, Sports, South African.


Sivuyile Ngesi, Bongile Mantsai, Nomhle Nkonyeni, Patrick Ndlovu, Thembikile Komani, Zolisa Xaluva, Owen Sejake
Jahmil X.T. Qubeka
ScreenplayJahmil X.T. Qubeka
CinematographyWillie Nel
EditingLayla Swart
Made in2019
Produced byYellowbone Entertainment

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

LanguageInfrequent moderate impact crude language in an insulting and demeaning context.
NudityNone (sic)
SexNone (sic)
ViolenceFrequent scenes of strong to very strong impact physical and psychological violence with noticeable effects like blood-letting, emotional and mental disturbances, and eventual death through a disturbing suicide.
Drug abuseNone (sic)
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