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Jim Allen, columnist for The Daily Omiuri, ponders what it means to lose at Koshien.

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The Japan Times columnist Marty Kuehnert explains why high school baseball is so important to the Japanese people.


High school students in Japan compete in the annual "Koshien" baseball tournament to make it to the national championship.

Filmmaker Interviews

Filmmaker Kenneth Eng and producer Alex Shear explain how they used baseball as a way for American audiences to understand Japanese culture better.

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Interview with New York Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui about his experience playing ball in high school.

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Interview with baseball historian Kazuo Sayama on the history of baseball in Japan.

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Baseball historian Masayuki Tamaki talks about crying at Koshien.

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American expatriate author Robert Whiting talks about Japanese high school hazing.

  • Updated on April 24, 2014

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Film Information

Kokoyakyu (60 min.)

Premiere Date: July 4, 2006

Encore Broadcast Date: Aug. 26, 2008

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Filmmaker: Kenneth Eng Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Press Release (Japanese) | Critical Acclaim | Fact Sheet


Kenneth Eng
Kenneth Eng

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Critical Acclaim

Kokoyakyu brings us the players, coaches, parents, yell leaders and spectators who make the Koshien a life-altering experience. . . . The approach of director-editor Kenneth Eng is intimate but never intrusive. . . . The joy of victory and, in particular, the agony of defeat are palpable. . . . For an American audience, Kokoyakyu succeeds marvelously . . .

— Tony Perry
Los Angeles Times

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