A Normal Life: Chronicle of a Sumo Wrestler 辛抱 Dir: Jill Coulson (2009)

A Normal Life: Chronicle of a Sumo Wrestler

辛抱 「Shinbou

Running Time: 55 mins.

Release Date: NHK 2009

Director:  Jill Coulson

Writer: N/A

Starring: Takuya Ogushi

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This review was published on V-Cinema.

A Normal Life: Chronicle of a Sumo Wrestler (辛抱)” is a documentary that was produced for Japanese TV corporation NHK in 2009 as part of its “Tokyo Modern” series.

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When you think of sumo wrestling, you might think of two big men explosively launching themselves at each other as they try and quickly push their opponent out of the ring. This seemingly speedy spectacle of power belies the amount of eating, effort, and training that goes into moulding the wrestlers, something indicated by the kanji in the title which means endurance. Sumo is a test of endurance for the participants and also a comment on how this sport has maintained a central place in Japanese culture since the 08th Century. Both are demonstrated in a film that reveals a fascinating world of ancient traditions and physical dedication in a behind-the-scenes look at the early phase of one sumo wrestler’s career.

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