Encore Broadcast Date: August 26, 2008
PBS Premiere: July 4, 2006
In Japan, baseball is not a pastime — it's a national obsession. And for many of the country's youth, the sport has become a rite of passage, epitomized by the national high school baseball tournament known simply as "Koshien." Four thousand teams enter, but only 49 are chosen to compete in the championship that grips the nation for two weeks every August.
Kokoyakyu (60 min.)
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August 22, 2008
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