Japanese Movie Screening in Hamilton: The Vancouver Asahi
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March 6th, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm ESTCost: free
presented The Japan Foundation in cooperation with the Hamilton Public Library
This drama by award-winning director Yuya Ishii (The Great Passage) is based on the true story of the Vancouver Asahi, a Japanese-Canadian baseball team that was established in 1914 and rose to prominence in 1920s and 1930s. Playing a strategic game, dubbed “brain ball,” they used their unique strengths to defeat their larger and stronger European-Canadian opponents. Despite success and popularity, the Asahi faced discrimination and, during WWII, internment due to their Japanese heritage. The Vancouver Asahi won the People’s Choice Award at the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival, and screened at the 2015 Toronto Japanese Film Festival.
Directed by Yuya Ishii
2014, 132 minutes