The Vancouver Asahi
バンクーバーの朝日 (Bankuba no Asahi)
Saturday, July 11, 2015
The Vancouver Asahi © 2014 “THE VANCOUVER ASAHI” Film Partners.
East Coast Premiere
In Vancouver of the 1930s there was a bustling Japantown with a local baseball team called the Vancouver Asahi formed by a group of young men born in Canada to Japanese immigrant parents. Working hard to make ends meet and enduring racism, the men still manage to find the time to play the sport they love... even though they lose every time. When Regge (Satoshi Tsumabuki) is chosen to be the new captain, he and his friend ace pitcher Roy (Kazuya Kamenashi) devise a new tactic that begins to work. The team’s morale is high but the dark clouds of WWII are creeping in. Based on the true story of The Vancouver Asahi, director Yuya Ishii (The Great Passage) brings this little-told story roaring to life.
Japan. 2014. 132 min. DCP, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Yuya Ishii. With Satoshi Tsumabuki, Kazuya Kamenashi, Ryo Katsuji, Yusuke Kamiji, Sosuke Ikematsu.
“An old-fashioned entertainment in the best sense. In a word, thrilling.” -Tony Rayns, Vancouver International Film Festival
Winner of the audience award at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Part of JAPAN CUTS 2015.
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