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Kokoyakyu: High School Baseball

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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.

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TAGS: baseball, high school, japan, sports, youth

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Film Information

Kokoyakyu (60 min.)

Premiere Date: July 4, 2006

Encore Broadcast Date: Aug. 26, 2008

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Trailer: Link | Embed

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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