Film past event

Rikidozan: A Hero Extraordinary (Rikidozan)

April 9, 2006
Rikidozan: A Hero Extraordinary (Rikidozan)

Sunday, April 9 at 6 pm
Sunday, April 16 at 4 pm


2004, 125 min., 35mm, color. Written and directed by Hae-sung Seong. With Kyung-gu Sol, Miki Nakatani, and Tatsuya Fuji. Print courtesy of CJ Entertainment.


The hero of this lavish Korean production became a legend in Japan when he beat American wrestlers in a televised match in 1958. The nation cheered him towards victory, oblivious to his Korean ancestry, a heritage still then despised in Japan. Rikidozan single-handedly sparked a professional wrestling mania only after anti-Korean prejudice locked him out of a sumo career. Korean star Kyung-gu Sol takes the role of Rikidozan, leading a cast of Japanese actors.

Tickets: $10/$6 Japan Society members, seniors & students. 

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  • April 9, 2006
  • 6:00 pm