Tug of War! J-Film

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and the Japan Commerce Association of Washington DC

Chiaki Nishikawa is a young but ambitious government employee in the recession-hit city of Oita in southwestern Japan. In an effort to boost PR for Oita and revitalize the local economy, the mayor recruits Chiaki to lead an unlikely initiative: reviving the sport of competitive tug-of-war, in which Oita's teams had once been world champions and local heroes.

Public interest is scarce, but Chiaki manages to enlist a group of women from a struggling local catering company, promising that if they participate, the mayor will save their factory. Thus an all-female tug-of-war team is born, but they must contend with rivals, win over the public, and manage their own clashing personalities in order to prevail.

Filmed on-location in Oita with the cooperation of the local government and inspired by recent true events, this heart-warming comedy was directed by Nobuo Mizuta and stars Mao Inoue. Screenwriter Daisuke Habara achieved previous success with his film Hula Girls, which was shown at the JICC last year.

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