Living The Game (virtual film screening)

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March 8 @ 6:00 pm - March 10 @ 11:59 pm EST

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Living The Game

Friday, March 8, 6:00PM – Sunday, March 10, 11:59PM (ET)
Virtual Film Screening | Canada-Wide | Admission Free

Directed by GOTSU Takao • 2017 Documentary 88 minutes • Presented in Japanese, English, French, and Mandarin with English subtitles  Trailer

The world of professional video-gaming is a high stakes arena where cash prizes are worth millions, and international fame and glory await the best. But who are these pro gamers, and what does it take to become a true legend?

UMEHARA Daigo, “The Beast,” is the world’s greatest ever Street Fighter player. For Momichi his young rival, Daigo seems untouchable, until a tournament victory places the legend in his sights. But what Momichi and the other challengers – Luffy from France, Justin from the USA, and GamerBee from Taiwan – are learning, Daigo knows only too well: living the game is not just about winning and losing, and victory can be as poisonous as defeat.

In the gaming world they are heroes, but in society pro gamers are still seen as social outcasts or even addicts. Three years in the making, Living The Game profiles five young pro gamers from Japan, France, USA, and Taiwan, as they go head-to-head in tournaments around the world. From Tokyo to Las Vegas, we follow their highs and lows as they land huge sponsorship deals, attract devoted fan bases and above all, live the game.

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Immerse Deeper into the World of Japanese Video Games with JFT Library

JFT Library presents a curated selection of physical and electronic books on Japanese video games in English and Japanese. Whether you’re a seasoned video game player or a curious observer, explore the cultural impact, historical context, and personal stories behind the world of Japanese video games before or after the virtual film screening! You can borrow our physical items by visiting JFT library in person during our hours and/or borrow ebooks by accessing JF Canada Digital Library, which is available 24/7.

Check JFT Library Item List (PDF) to help you decide which item to explore!

Apply for a new JFT library card or renew your expired card here.



March 8 @ 6:00 pm
March 10 @ 11:59 pm
Event Category:
Japanese, English, French, Mandarin with English subtitles


The Japan Foundation, Toronto
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