Sumo Do, Sumo Don't (1992)
"Shiko funjatta" (original title)

 |  Comedy, Sport  |  6 November 1992 (USA)
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Yet another tradition in the tradition of "ragtag misfits" in Japanese comedy...Sumo Do, Sumo Don't tells the story of a university sumo club in Japan. In today's Japan, the younger ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shuhei Yamamoto
Natsuko Kawashima
Aoki Tomio
Akira Emoto ...
Professor Tokichi Anayama
Kaori Mizushima ...
Chie Asai
Hiromasa Taguchi ...
Hosaku Tanaka
Robert Hoffman ...
George Smiley
Kentarô Sakai
Masaaki Takarai ...
Haruo Yamamoto
Ritsuko Umemoto ...
Masako Mamiya
Masaru Matsuda ...
Tatsuo Horino
Hiroshi Miyasaka ...
Hokudo no Ken
Gorô Kataoka ...
Naomasa Musaka ...
Kumota-san (Sumo OB)
Fuyuki Murakami ...
Yasujiro Mine (OB-Kai Kaicho)


Yet another tradition in the tradition of "ragtag misfits" in Japanese comedy...Sumo Do, Sumo Don't tells the story of a university sumo club in Japan. In today's Japan, the younger generation is more interested in "Western" sports like baseball and basketball. Professor Anayama, a former university sumo champion, blackmails graduating (and slim) student Shuhei into joining the decimated university team, or he doesn't graduate. Along with a pro wrestler, an unpopular, chubby guy, and a gaijin (white guy), the team begins training for competition, even though none of them cares about sumo at all. Gradually, they develop a love and respect for the traditional sport. Written by Anonymous

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Lust auf Sumo  »

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Great Fun for the Whole Family!!!
17 January 2001 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

Shiko Funjatta is a funny, smart, and endearing look at a diverse group of college kids who transform from half-hearted sumo novices (it's college sumo so weight classes keep the wrestlers "normal" sized, as opposed to professional sumo giants) into gung-ho participants who have the time of their lives. Think Bad News Bears, but for adults - though kids love it as well.

This movie, now a classic in Japan, won Best Movie as well as well as Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Director. With this film (budgeted slightly under $1 million U.S.) Director and Writer Masayuki Suo established himself as the premier Japanese movie maker, breathing life into an industry that has been reduced to violence and skin flicks for far too long. After his successful follow-up with the larger budgeted Shall We Dansu? (1996), Suo is on his way to world-wide acclaim and success.

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