Youth: The 50th National High School Baseball Tournament

April 25, 2021
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International Premiere

Now streaming through May 28th

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: $10 / $8 members for 5-day rental after purchase, with a 48-hour viewing window.
Special offer: Rent all three films in this series together for $24 / 20% off members.

This program is part of our Passing the Torch series, a celebration of the upcoming Tokyo Summer Games.

  • April 25, 2021 – May 31, 2021