“Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams” Documents Japanese Baseball Phenomenon

Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams

Tuesday, November 12 at 9:30 p.m.

Cinépolis Chelsea – 260 W. 23rd Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues)

Admission: $19/$17 seniors and children

Baseball is life for the die-hard competitors in Koshien, Japan’s national high school baseball championship, whose alumni include current MLB star Shohei Ohtani and former Yankee Hideki Matsui.

As popular as America’s World Series, the stakes are beyond high in this single-elimination tournament. For Coach Mizutani, cleaning the grounds and greeting guests are equally important as honing baseball skills, however, demonstrating discipline, sacrifice and unwavering dedication.

Director Ema Ryan Yamazaki follows Mizutani and his team on their quest to win the 100th annual Koshien, and, in the process, goes beyond baseball to reveal the heart of the Japanese national character.

Yamazaki is the director of Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators, a documentary about the remarkable lives of Hans and Margaret Rey, the authors of the beloved children’s book. We promoted her Kickstarter campaign with a brief article here on JCNYC three years ago.

Don’t miss the world premiere of Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams, part of DOC NYC. The largest documentary film festival in the US, DOC NYC celebrates and nurtures this flourishing medium. To purchase tickets to Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams and to see the entire lineup of the festival’s final week, please visit DOC NYC’s website.