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Baseball Feature Leads off Vancouver International Film Festival 2014
This year’s Vancouver International Film Festival will feature the world premiere of a Japanese film about 1930s and ’40s Vancouver – specifically Japantown, and a storied baseball team of that era. Yuya Ishii’s The Vancouver Asahi tells the story of the team which had been hugely successful, but then fell apart after the banishment of Japanese-Canadians to internment camps during the Second World War.  

Back in the 1930s, in Vancouver’s old Japantown, a group of Canadian-born kids launched their own baseball team, the Asahi. Ishii’s lavish-scale entertainment chronicles their battles against failure, racism and prejudice—and the brief moment of triumph they enjoyed before Pearl Harbor changed everything. An epic tale, rich in humour and humanity. 


(Vancouver no Asahi)
(Japan, Canada, 2014, 130 mins, DCP)
World Premiere

Director: Ishii Yuya

CAST Tsumabuki Satoshi, Kamenashi Kazuya, Takahata Mitsuki, Miyazaki Aoi, Katsuji Ryo, Kamiji Yusuke, Ikematsu Sosuke, Kanjiya Shihori, Ishida Eri, Sato Koichi
PROD Inaba Naoto, Kikuchi Miyoshi
SCR Okudera Satoko
CAM Kondo Ryuto
ED Fushima Shinichi
PROD DES Harada Mitsuo
MUS Watanabe Takashi
PROD CO Film-makers Inc
Classification: TBA


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