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The Zen of Bobby V (2008)

The Zen of Bobby V focuses on former MLB manager Bobby Valentine and his current job managing the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan. The doc gives viewers unprecedented access to Valentine and ... See full summary »
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The Zen of Bobby V focuses on former MLB manager Bobby Valentine and his current job managing the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan. The doc gives viewers unprecedented access to Valentine and his team, visiting a world where cheerleaders chant between innings and rock bands perform before each game, while exploring the impact globalization has on the game's present and future. It is the best look inside the culture of Japanese baseball through the eyes of one of American baseball's greatest current ambassadors. Written by anonymous

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Our Game. Their Country. His Rules.

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13 May 2008 (USA)  »

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Bobby V in Japan  »

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The three filmmakers, Andrew Jenks, Andrew Muscato and Jonah Quickmire Pettigrew lived in Japan for eight months in 2007 to shoot this film. See more »

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Features CenterStage (2002) See more »

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Baby's All Brand New
Written by Liam Bailey
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Courtesy of Mad River Records
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Boring disorganized Student film
6 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

This film is about a boring washed up irrelevant figure in a boring irrelevant sports league - can you say "Dead on Arrival"?? Its an unfocused look at Japanese baseball that really doesn't explore below the surface of the Japanese baseball league. Clearly the fact the filmmakers were American and not Japanese means they could not really give real insight into the Japanese culture. The film just relies on Valentines vague comments on Japanese society. Its just a student film with cameras following around Bobby Valentine, who is way too boring to carry a film by himself. You probably wont even get past the first 10 minutes of the film on ESPN without flipping the channel. Better luck next time guys.


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