Sunday, August 21, 2011

Japan Foundation Toronto presents free screening of "Kokoyakyu: High School Baseball"

by Chris MaGee

The PBS series "POV" has brought us some truly amazing documentary filmmaking over the years, especially films relating to aspects of Japanese arts and culture. Emiko Omori's "Rabbit in the Moon", Risa Morimoto's "Wings of Defeat" and Kazuhiro Soda's "Campaign" have all been a part on "POV" over the series' 23-year history. One film that aired on "POV" back in 2006 will be enjoying a new audience here in Toronto at the Japan Foundation (131 Bloor Street West, Suite 213) on August 25th at 7:00PM.

Kenneth Eng's documentary "Kokoyakyu: High School Baseball" examines not only the Koshien Baseball Tournament that happens in Japan each August, but also Japan's national obsession with what many think is strictly an all American sport. Eng follows young high school baseball teams who go through immense stress as they vie to become 49 out of over 4,000 which will have the honour of competing in the tournament. Check out the trailer below to see just how fascinating the film is. What's best is that this screening of "Kokoyakyu: High School Baseball" is entirely FREE. All you have to do to attend is to RSVP at the Japan Foundation Toronto website here. See you there!

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