In an ancient sport traditionally reserved for men, 20-year-old female sumo prodigy

Hiyori attempts to revolutionize Japan’s national pastime.

A NETFLIX ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY

 

"GORGEOUS, CINEMATIC... NOT TO BE MISSED"

RISA SARACHAN, FORBES

"Powerful, cinematic... accomplished direction and beautiful cinematography"

ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS

 
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TEAM

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MATT KAY (SHOOTING DIRECTOR) 

Matt co-founded WoLF (Walks Of Life Films) in 2012 concentrating on documentaries and commercial projects. In the past five years he’s directed and shot a variety of docs, whether it be Egypt during the revolution and Arab Spring or a favela in Brazil during the World Cup. His work has featured on Ch4, BBC THREE and The Guardian.

DIDI MAE HAND (PRODUCER)

With a background in new, exciting prime time programs Didi has produced for the likes of Channel 4, BBC Worldwide, National Geographic Channel and Vice. She has spent much of her career seeking out quirky, empowering and unexpected stories, working to tell these in the most engaging and beautiful way.

 
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CHI THAI (EXEC. PRODUCER)

Chi has been a Cannes Lions finalist three times over for her work in commercials. She is producing feature documentaries with Academy winning filmmakers Alex Gibney and James Gay-Rees; and produced short films that have competed at BAFTA and Academy accredited festivals.

 
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ANDREW CARVER (PRODUCER)  

Over the last 9 years Andrew has been producing documentary and commercial projects in over 16 countries throughout the world for a variety of clients including Virgin, Amnesty, Greenpeace and DFID. His work has been featured on BBC, ITV, Sky News, CNBC and widely online clocking up millions of views.

 
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ELLIOT V. KOTEK (EXEC. PRODUCER)

Producer and co-director of the first ever feature film generated by social media, Elliot is the innovative producer and EP of feature length documentaries ("Queen Mimi," "140"), docu-series ("Superhuman," "On the Fringe," "The New Space Race," "Wrong," "Challengers," and "Coded") for Facebook Watch, National Geographic, Netflix, UpWorthy and FastCompany.

 

KARINA MICHEL FELD (EXEC. PRODUCER)

With over 18 years of experience in TV and Film, Karina is a respected member of the Producers Guild of America. Past credits include "The Us Festival 1982: The US Generation Documentary" exec. produced by Steve Wozniak and "Enough" (2017) which featured in The Lady Filmmaker's Festival and The California Women's Festival.

 
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REBECCA GIN (CO-EDITOR)

Rebecca Gin is a editor specialising in documentary. She has two decades of experience editing factual content, music videos, news, branded content and sport. Rebecca is happiest when her Venn diagram has intersecting circles of great footage and strong female protagonists. Her clients include Vice, i-D and Sky.

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ISABEL FREEMAN (CO-EDITOR)

Isabel has been working in documentary film for the last 13 years and was an associate editor on Edet Belzberg’s Watchers of the Sky, which won the Editing Award at Sundance. She produced and edited the feature-length documentary Stephanie in the Water, which premiered at Hamptons International Film Festival, and edited Jesse Cain’s Slow Burn, which premiered at New York Film Festival.

 
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CHIKAYO “CHIKKI” MORIJIRI (LOCAL PRODUCER)

Having accumulated over 15 years of production experience working for both Japanese and international networks and news outlets, Chikki has a reputation as one of Japan's most prominent fixers. Her past work includes Vice’s Gaycation, Netflix’s Dark Tourist and recently Dogs: Scissors Down directed by Roger Ross Williams.

HINAKO ARAO (LOCAL PRODUCER)

Hinako has been line producing for the last five years. She specialises in documentary film and her clients include ARTE, SRS, Pro7 and the Discovery Channel. She particularly likes to focus on issues surrounding the environment or women's rights and relishes the challenge of acquiring typically tricky access.

 

PRESS KIT

 

STILLS

 

BEHIND THE SCENES

 

ORIGINAL POSTER

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CREDITS

カラーグレーディング Colourist: Claire Winter

音響 Sound Design by: Morgan Muse, Dan Weinberg

音響助手 Assistant Sound Design: Andrew Harris

オンライン編集 Online Editor: Andrés del Caño

DI編集 DI Editorial: Emma Corbett

翻訳 Translators: Shuko Noguchi, Tsugumi Nakasako, Alice Vicentin, Ai Hanadate

フィルム・ロンドン For Film London

制作・人材開発部長 Head of Production & Talent Development: Jordan McGarry

企画部プロデューサー Development Producer: Angeli Macfarlane

プロデューサー(短編映画) Producer, Short Film Schemes: Josic Cadoret

制作・企画部オフィサー Production and Development Officer: Alice Whittemore

主演 Starring: Hiyori Kon

音楽 Original Score: Kwes

エグゼクティブ・プロデューサーExec. ProducerS: Chi Thai, Karina Michel Feld, EllioT V. Kotek

アソシエイト・プロデューサー Associate Producer:

Carol Ann Duffy, Omar Figueroa, Jim Jagger, J Durand, Kate West

現地プロデューサー Local Producer: Hinako Arao, Chikayo Morijiri, Yuri Yoshioka

撮影 Second Camera: David Allen, Shen Lin

撮影助手 Assistant Camera: ‘Tiger’ Che Wei Laio

録音技師 Sound Recordist: You Lung Lo

運営部長(ポストプロダクション)Director of Operations (Post Production): Ben Coulson

デジタル映像部長 Head of Imaging: Jack Jones

 

WITH SPECIAL THANKS

Hiyori Kon and the Kon family

Japan Sumo Federation

Japan Female Sumo Federation

West Japan Students’ Sumo Federation

Ritsumeikan University

Susumu Kojima

Sawako Fukushima

Masumi Sakurai

Ritsumeikan Sumo Club Members

Yoshihisa Sano

Ai & Kazan Sudo

Wrestlers of Johoku High School Sumo Club

Tottori Municipal Junior High School

Tsutomu & Kazuyo Nishino

Yasunori Nishio

Shiso Ono

Kyoto Shimogamo Hospital Rehabilitation Department

Hideto Tsushima

Katrina Watts

Naomi Asakai

Misuzu Shiraishi

Jose Rodriguez

Michelle Hamada

Bryce Norbitz

Adam Neuhaus

Tristan Anderson

Roger Ross Williams

Nick Read

Lorenzo Saidi

Milly Riley

Simon Ratliff

Jasmine Brown

Jackie Kay

Fred D’Aguiar

Bevali Carver

Fiona Hand

Mayumi and Miku Yamanaka

Mine Momoka

Marina Arita

Kaiyukan Osaka Aquarium

Yoshiko Ebihara

Hiroki Hasegawa

Taro Urita

Taishi Nagao

Ohama Park/Sakai Parks Association

Tom Smith

Glen Bryan

Richie Spoons

Elise McCave and Kickstarter

Annie Ayres and The Mill

Toby Donnelly and ATC Management

Anna Jaskiewicz and Warp Records, Warp Publishing

Rachel Wexler and Jez Lewis

Megan Lee

Lana Wilson

Daniele Anastasion

Caitlyn Greene

Caitlin Burke

Derren Lawford


 

KICKSTARTER BACKERS

Many thanks to all our Kickstarter Backers who massively helped us to realise the film:

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