Mori YoshitakaMatsuyama Kenichi, Higashide Masahiro, Sometani Shota, Lily Franky
Japan / 2016 / 124 minutes / DCP (GC), HDCAM (SM)
A celebrated champion of “shogi”, a traditional Japanese game similar to chess, Murayama Satoshi’s career was cut short after he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Despite his illness, Satoshi eschewed treatment in order to pursue his passion and challenge the game’s greatest players. Director Mori Yoshitaka (Space Brothers, 2012) mirrors shogi’s strict rituals and regulations through his film’s disciplined, understated style. Nevertheless, Matsuyama Kenichi conveys a rebellious determination that drives the film’s familiar, though inspiring underdog narrative.Registration details:
- A number of tickets of each screening will be reserved for schools and charitable organizations. Interested schools and charitable organizations should register with HKIFF at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enrollment Deadline: 29 March
- No reservations required for the general public. Tickets will be available to the public 30 minutes prior to the screening on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit to one ticket per person.