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Chikara – The Sumo Wrestler’s Son

The film follows the 10-year-old Japanese boy Chikara and his struggle to become a sumo wrestler. His father, Harumitsu, was a professional sumo wrestler from one of Tokyo's most successful clubs, so expectations surrounding Chikara are extremely high. Today his father owns a noodle shop, where he works too much. They only spend time together during Sumo wrestling practice. This time is very valuable for Chikara and he desperately wants to impress his father, but when Harumitsu is there, Chikara gets really nervous and everything seems to go wrong. The annual national Sumo Championship is approaching and it means everything to Chikara to do well, so his father will be proud of him.

Read interview with director Simon Lereng Wilmont

Kids & Docs / IDFA 2013
ORIGINAL TITLE - Chikara - Sumobryderens Søn
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RUNNING TIME - 32 min.
DIRECTOR - Simon Lereng Wilmont
SCREENPLAY - Simon Lereng Wilmont

Chikara, Harumitsu, Akane, Ifu Sasaki,  Koki Iwai

PRODUCER - Monica Hellström
PRODUCTION - Final Cut for Real ApS
INTERNATIONAL SALES - Autlook Filmsales / Spittelberggasse 3/14 / 1070 Wien / Austria / t +43 720 34 69 34 / /