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The Zen of Bobby V (2008)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary | Sport  -  13 May 2008 (USA)
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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 ... 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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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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Written by Liam Bailey
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Quality documentary even a non-baseball fan can like
3 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Color is gorgeous, offers a great window into Japan of today. Bobby Valentine, the American coach of a Japanese ball club, is a fascinating guy in this documentary. He's great fun, a great coach and he inspires people. Even if you're not a baseball fan see this one. I saw it in New York City yesterday during the Tribeca Film Festival. They had the three producers there fielding questions from the audience. Great fun. The guys mentioned they imported a bicycle built for two into Japan so they could follow Valentine around filming him when he went out on bike rides. One guy pedaled while the other filmed. This is not your high budget production. These are three 21-year-olds recently graduated from New York University's Tisch Film School. They winkled a contract out of ESPN and made it work. And this is a very professional piece of film. The Tisch School of the Arts at NYU has turned out many of the great producers in the states. On May 13, if I remember rightly, it will be shown on ESPN. See it.


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