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Independent Lens Episode: "Sumo East and West"

Season 5, Episode 27
Episode Synopsis: “Sumo East and West,” filmmaker Ferne Pearlstein's witty, if leisurely, exploration of Japan's 2000-year-old national sport and inroads made by Americans. The hour follows a number of Americans as they wrestle in the U.S. and Japan, and offers a thumbnail history of the sport. Included: an excerpt from a World War II-era U.S. propaganda film. Sumo is “calm, peaceful and serene,” the narrator intones, “like [Japan's] volcano Mount Fuji.”
Original Air Date: Jun 8, 2004

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Premiered: August 09, 1999, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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