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A Normal Life: Chronicle of a Sumo Wrestler

A film by Jill Coulon

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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.

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

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

For colleges, universities, government agencies, hospitals and corporations

Subject areas:
Adolescence, Anthropology, Asia, Japan, Streaming only, Youth Issues

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