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Youth: The 50th National High School Baseball Tournament
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Youth: The 50th National High School Baseball Tournament

第50回全国高校野球選手権大会 青春 (Dai 50-kai Zenkoku Koko Yakyu Senshuken Taikai Seishun)
Saturday, April 25, 7 PM

© 1968 Asahi Shimbun

International Premiere

Saturday, April 25, 7 PM 

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Among the hardest-to-see films in Kon Ichikawa’s oeuvre, this 1968 documentary finds the legendary director approach the subject of Japanese high school baseball with the same lyricism and visual splendor as he did with the 1964 Summer Games in Tokyo Olympiad (1965). On the 50th anniversary of the Koshien games, Ichikawa captures the uniquely rigorous training—in snow, dirt and schoolyard lots—of the young athletes preparing for the all-important tournament, interspersed with historical footage that contextualizes Japan’s long love affair with student baseball. A thrilling portrait of youth in the economic boom of the postwar period, Ichikawa’s rare film encapsulates an entire generation through sports.

1968. 96 min. digital, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Kon Ichikawa.

Tickets: $14/$11 seniors, students and persons with disabilities/$10 Japan Society members.

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This program is part of our Aim for the Best: Sports in Japanese Cinema series.

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