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Sumo Do, Sumo Don't


Thu 14 May 2015, 7:00pm

Where: University of Waikato, Knighton Road, Hamilton, Waikato

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: JapaneseConsulate

Join us for the Japanese Film Evenings for 2015!

Japanese films shown at the University of Waikato are usually screened on the second or third Thursday of the month from 7:00pm and are preceded by a documentary about Japanese culture from 6:45pm.

All films have English subtitles.
Admission is free and booking is not necessary.
Films, dates and times are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances so please contact us to confirm details.

We hope that you will enjoy the films and gain a deeper insight into various aspects of Japanese society.

May "Sumo Do, Sumo Don't "
(Director: Masayuki Suo, 1992, 105min. Rating:PG, Cast: Masahiro Motoki, Misa Shimizu, Naoto Takenaka )

A giant comedy with giant underpants.

Starring Masahiro Motoki from the Academy Award winning Departures.

With his grades sliding at university, Shuhei's professor gets the cunning idea of blackmailing him into joining the Sumo wrestling team, as it will help with his grades. Shuhei begrudgingly accepts, knowing it's the only way for him to graduate.

The only problem is the Sumo Club only has one other member - the rather pathetic Aoki who hasn't won a single bout in four years. Together they draft together a motley bunch of wrestlers, including a pudgy sad-sack named Tanaka, Shuhei's brother Haruo who's been wrestling in drag and a foreigner named Smiley who refuses to wrestle without his underpants.

Presented by the Consulate-General of Japan, The University of Auckland, The University of Waikato, Massey University Albany Campus, The Japan Foundation.

©1991 Kadokawa Pictures, Inc.

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