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Ishi Yuya

Duration: 130 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Ishi Yuya


Feb 01 08:00 pm
Feb 02 04:00 pm

Once upon a time in Vancouver, there was a baseball team called the Asahi, This was in the 1930s, when the city had a small Japantown on the downtown wharves, and the team was formed by the Canadian-born kids of immigrants. Smaller, and weaker, than the Caucasian teams, they struggled at first — but then they figured out a smarter way to win ... Like a Fred Herzog exhibition brought to life, this is a lavish historical piece, a more philosophical type of sports movie than we’re used to in N America, but something that we can recognize as part and parcel of our own cultural heritage.

"From a Vancouver perspective it’s a fascinating film. Beautifully shot, it recreates a lost world in Japantown, when Powell Street was all Japanese businesses and the Powell Street Grounds (today’s Oppenheimer Park) was a baseball park filled with throngs of Asahi fans." — John Mackie, Vancouver Sun