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Season 5, Episode 27 Sumo East and West

First Aired: June 8, 2004

“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.”

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  • Premiered: August 9, 1999
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: Independent filmmakers are spotlighted in this anthology, which concentrates on documentaries, but occasionally features artist profiles and offbeat fictional films. (more)

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