A Normal Life: Chronicle of a Sumo Wrestler

Directed by Jill Coulon

55 minutes / Color
English; Japanese / English subtitles
Release: 2017
Copyright: 2009

At the age of 18, Takuya is driven by his father and his sponsors to leave his hometown in Hokkaido, Japan, to go to Tokyo and joins a troupe of sumo wrestlers. There, he will share everything with the ten other athletes: day-to-day life, training, social life, and sumo wrestling tournaments.

Co-produced by Japanese TV NHK as part of its "Tokyo Modern" series, A NORMAL LIFE: CHRONICLE OF A SUMO WRESTLER follows the first nine months of Takuya's initiation and training.

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  • Special Jury Mention, Flahertiana International Film Festival
  • Best First Film, MiradosDocs Film Festival
  • Special Jury Prize, Evreux Festival of Educational Film
  • Visions du Reel Film Festival


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