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JFF21: Sumodo: The Successors of Samurai

ALL 104 MIN
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Synopsis

Moving and insightful, Eiji Sakata’s documentary offers an eye-opening look into the intimate workings of what it means to be a professional sumo wrestler in modern Japan. Filmed over the course of six months, Sumodo follows the lives of two wrestlers, Gōeidō Gōtarō and Ryūden Gōshi, as they prepare to battle it out on the legendary stage of Ryōgoku Kokugikan.

Considered to be descendants of samurai, these ‘gentlemen of strength’ dedicate their entire lives to sumo, priming themselves both mentally and physically for the sport. From grueling, rigorous training sessions to flesh on flesh clashes in the ring, they are required to overcome both physical and emotional challenges in the process. Director Sakata unveils the prowess, personalities, fears and joys of these dedicated athletes, and offers a touching documentary that will capture the hearts of anyone wanting to learn more about this revered piece of Japanese culture.

Awards

Nominated for Best Documentary by the Nippon Connection Japanese Film Festival 2021

Movie Information

Release date

Thursday 28th October

Duration

104 min

Rating

ALL

Cast

Gōeidō Gōtarō, Ryūden Gōshi

Director

Eiji Sakata

Genre

Film Festival

Participating Cinemas

Palace Barracks, Palace Norton St, Palace Verona, Palace Electric, Kino Cinema, Palace Raine Square



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