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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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Benny Agbayani ...
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Trey Hillman ...
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Michael Kay ...
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Sadaharu Oh ...
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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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Jonah Quickmire Pettigrew, Andrew Jenks and Andrew Muscato took a leave of absence from NYU Tisch School of the Arts to make "The Zen of Bobby V." See more »

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Features CenterStage (2002) See more »

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another student film
19 May 2008 | by (New York, United States) – See all my reviews

I do not know what the filmmaker tries to focus on. The film only shows a baseball season in Japan with chronological order, that is boring. I am not convinced why and how Bobby Valentine has been accepted in Japan. Bobby's wife thinks he is fluent in Japanese and Bobby himself considers his Japanese conversation skill is sixth grade student level. However, he barely speaks Japanese. He only speaks the sentences he remembers. He speaks Japanese like a four- year old kid. There must be reasons Bobby made a great success and acceptance in Japan although he cannot communicate well in Japanese. However, the film shows Bobby climbing up Mt. Fuji and his ace pitcher talks about gaining weight. There are so many meaningless scenes and sound bites in the film. Probably, I should not expect much from student films.


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