Japan Foundation Event: Vegalta: Soccer, Tsunami and the Hope of a Nation – Documentary Screening and Discussion at the Prince Charles Cinema on April 05th

The Japan Foundation sent out information on a free film screening at the Prince Charles Cinema just off Leicester Square. Japan, film, and the filmmakers at a great cinema? And it’s all free? It looks like a fascinating event covering the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. It’s a documentary made by a pair of British directors who travelled to Sendai to see how a football team gave hope to people in the shattered area and the aftermath. The filmmakers will be present for a Q&A.

Here’s more information including a trailer:

Japan Foundation Talk Vagalta

Vegalta: Soccer, Tsunami and the Hope of a Nation

Japanese Release Date: February 18th, 2017

Running Time: 64 mins.

Director:  Douglas Hurcombe, Geoff Trodd,

Writer: Douglas Hurcombe, Geoff Trodd, Ben Timlett,

Starring: Brian Cox (Narrator), Kanako Abe, Shingo Akamine, Takeo Azumi, Sean Carroll, Hana Endo, Kana Endo, Kanta Endo, Masao Endo, Shinichi Endo, Jiro Kamata, Masamoto Katagiri, Kenta Kobori, Shoichiro Kumagai, Gary Lineker,



Six years after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011, the Japan Foundation presents a screening of Vegalta: Soccer, Tsunami and the Hope of a Nation, a documentary telling the story of how a Japanese football club and their legendary fans set out on the long road to rebuild their hometown.

On 5 March 2011, Vegalta Sendai, a professional football team based in the north-eastern region of Japan, opened their 2011 campaign. Still newly promoted to the top flight of Japanese football, the team’s focus was very much on survival. Six days later, the word took on a distinctly different meaning.

British filmmakers Douglas Hurcombe and Geoff Trodd travelled to Sendai to capture this remarkable story, following the response of both the team and its supporters in the aftermath of the disaster. Featuring interviews with the team’s staff, players and supporters, as well as former Japanese league player Gary Lineker OBE, the film demonstrates how the team’s activities both on and off the pitch not only helped give the city renewed hope, but would capture the imagination of the footballing world. In the run up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, this film illustrates how sports can be close to people’s hearts and be instrumental in bringing communities together.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s producer Ben Timlett and co-director Geoff Trodd.

The event takes place at the Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY and the date is April 05th at 18:30. This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please click here

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