Jan 08 2016

Invincible Handicap Movie

Category: Japan Entertainment,UncategorizedIchiban @ 1:51 pm

Comes Out Tomorrow (Jan 9 2016)

Wrestling with Japan’s physically challenged…

In 1994, I reviewed “Invincible Handicap” (“Muteki no Handicap”), a documentary by scriptwriter and filmmaker Daisuke Tengan about a professional wrestling group called Doglegs whose members were both physically challenged men and able-bodied volunteers. Started in 1991, the Doglegs hardly fit the template of pitiable unfortunates being aided by selfless caregivers, so often found in local media depictions of those with disabilities.

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“It’s really confrontational,” he explains. “A bunch of dudes with heavy disabilities just going at it, beating up each other. Then the next match can be very humorous — a kind of dodgy, dokuzetsu (trash talking) black humor. They’re taking the piss out of each other in a serious way. You think, ‘Should I be laughing? Is this OK to laugh at?’ It’s this very uncomfortable feeling. Then the next one can be a straightforward match where you’re cheering on the wrestler you like”

Screened at this year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, and Austin Fantastic Fest, where Cozens won best documentary director honors, “Doglegs” will open at two theaters in Tokyo on Jan. 9, followed by a nationwide release. All screenings will have English subtitles.
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Mar 08 2010

The Cove Wins Best Documentary

Category: Japan RelatedIchiban @ 2:56 pm

The Japanese will finally hear about this movie now.
Will be interesting to see what public reaction there is. So far, it’s been a ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ approach.

The Cove wins best documentary March 7, 2010.
The Cove won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Film at the 82nd Academy Awards.

The Cove is a 2009 Academy Award winning American documentary film about the annual killing of dolphins in a National Park at Taiji, Wakayama, in Japan. The film highlights that the number of dolphins killed is several times greater than the number of whales killed in the Antarctic, and claims that 23,000 dolphins and porpoises are killed in Japan every year. The migrating dolphins are herded into a hidden cove where they are netted and killed by means of spears and knives over the side of small fishing boats.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan’s most recent progress report 1,569 cetaceans in Taiji were killed during the 2007 season, including methods other than drive hunting. Only 1,239 cetaceans were killed by drive hunting. A total of 13,080 cetaceans were killed throughout Japan in 2007.
The film was directed by former National Geographic photographer Louie Psihoyos, and portions were filmed secretly during 2007 using underwater microphones and high-definition cameras disguised as rocks.
The documentary won the U.S. Audience Award at the 25th annual Sundance Film Festival in January 2009. It was selected out of the 879 submissions in the category.
On March 7, 2010 The Cove won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Film at the 82nd Academy Awards.

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