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Koshien: Japan's Field of Dreams

Documentary, Sports, Baseball 1h 34m 2019


Every summer in Japan, baseball fans are swept up in the thrill of Koshien, the wildly popular national high school baseball championship named after Osaka’s hallowed Koshien Stadium. On the historic 100th anniversary of the single elimination tournament, documentary filmmaker Ema Ryan Yamazaki follows the coaches and players of two promising teams as they undergo rigorous training—a process that reveals a uniquely Japanese and exceptionally martial approach to the Western sport that emphasizes self-sacrifice and spiritual conditioning. Through the lens of baseball, Yamazaki’s perceptive film considers Japanese society as a whole as it continues to balance respect for tradition with the adoption of progressive change.


Language

Japanese

Subtitles

English

Country

Japan

Bonus Content

Q&A with Ema Ryan Yamazaki & Eric Nyari

35m

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