Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams
Friday, April 24, 7 PM
Followed by a Q&A with director Ema Ryan Yamazaki
PLEASE NOTE: To ensure the safety of all in our community, this film series and screening has been canceled and our building temporarily closed to the public. Please visit our COVID-19 page for information on ticket refunds, donations, and our virtual program initiatives.
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.
2019. 94 min. DCP, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Ema Ryan Yamazaki.
Tickets: $14/$11 seniors, students and persons with disabilities/$10 Japan Society members.
3-Film Pass: $2 off each ticket when you purchase three films in the same transaction.
All-Access Pass: $77 ($7 per ticket for all 11 films in the series)
This program is part of our Aim for the Best: Sports in Japanese Cinema series.
Program subject to change. For updated info and special offers, please visit: japansociety.org/film
- Friday, April 24, 2020
- 7:00 pm