Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow - Japan Cuts 2017

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Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow
聖の青春 (Satoshi no Seishun)
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Preceded by: Spread (2016) by Yoko Kuno, 1 min.
This portrait of the brief but brilliant life of shogi prodigy Satoshi Murayama tells the story of a master player who knows his time is running out. An underdog from the start, he developed nephrotic syndrome as a child, yet excelled at the board game often referred to as “Japanese chess.” From Osaka and with an unpredictable playing style, he rose through the ranks of the game before being diagnosed with bladder cancer in 1997. Following surgery he went right back to playing and rejected drug treatment, battling the cool-headed champion Yoshiharu Habu from Tokyo in a famous “Habu in the east, Murayama in the west” match. In the title role, Kenichi Matsuyama physically transformed himself for a performance that earned him Best Actor at the 59th Blue Ribbon Awards.
"His story is that universal one of a legend in any field, those so pure they would dedicate their entire lives.” —Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press
World Premiere, Tokyo International Film Festival, Closing Film.
2016. 124 min. DCP, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Yoshitaka Mori. With Kenichi Matsuyama, Masahiro Higashide, Shota Sometani, Ken Yasuda, Tokio Emoto.
Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017.
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