Japanese Film Festival | Satellite

Sumodo ~ The Successors of Samurai ~


Year: 2020

Length: 104 minutes

Classification rating: Unclassified all ages

Screens in: Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney

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“Everyday is a traffic accident” - when you’re a sumo wrestler

Moving and insightful, Eiji Sakata’s documentary offers an eye-opening look into the intimate workings of what it means to be a professional sumo wrestler in modern Japan. Filmed over the course of six months, Sumodo follows the lives of two wrestlers, Gōeidō Gōtarō and Ryūden Gōshi, as they prepare to battle it out on the legendary stage of Ryōgoku Kokugikan.

Considered to be descendants of samurai, these ‘gentlemen of strength’ dedicate their entire lives to sumo, priming themselves both mentally and physically for the sport. From grueling, rigorous training sessions to flesh on flesh clashes in the ring, they are required to overcome both physical and emotional challenges in the process. Director Sakata unveils the prowess, personalities, fears and joys of these dedicated athletes, and offers a touching documentary that will capture the hearts of anyone wanting to learn more about this revered piece of Japanese culture.

Sunday 31st October

Palace Electric, Canberra

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Sunday 7th November

Palace Raine Square, Perth

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Sunday 14th November

Palace Barracks, Brisbane


Saturday 20th November

The Kino, Melbourne


Tuesday 23rd November

The Kino, Melbourne

Friday 26th November

Palace Verona, Sydney


Sunday 28th November

Palace Norton Street, Sydney

Cast: Eiji Sakata

Cast: Gōeidō Gōtarō and Ryūden Gōshi

Genre: Documentary

Language(s): Japanese with English subtitles