DOCUMENTARY

AL JEZEERA WITNESS: JAPAN'S WAR GAME
DIR: NICK AHLMARK
PROD: NICK AHLMARK
            AL JEZEERA MEDIA NETWORK
 
 
SYNOPSIS: 
 

Every year cadets at Japan's National Defense Academy prepare to battle each other in a fierce sport called Botaoshi. Up to 300 players square off in an attempt to pull down a three-metre pole held upright by the opposing team.

 

These young men are training to become future leaders in Japan's Self-Defense Forces, and see the game as a test of their physical strength and strategic abilities. With Japan recently passing new laws that allow its troops to fight overseas for the first time since World War II, the cadets are more determined than ever to excel.

 

Witness follows the captains of two Botaoshi battalions, each deploying different tactics to lead their team to victory.

 

GENRE / DOCUMENTARY

COUNTRY / UK / QATAR / USA

YEAR / 2016

LENGTH / 26MINS

ASPECT RATIO / 185 : 1

LANGUAGE / JAPANESE