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Just when I thought I'd seen all the weird stuff that japan has to offer, this study of female "wrestling" comes along. It concentrates on a number of trainees who are just breaking into the professional form of the "sport" and their androgynous trainer, who looks like she gets through a whole whale every month or so.
At the start of this movie I was pretty cynical and detatched but it succeeded in drawing me into their demi-monde. There's one particularly moving scene where a trainee faces her coach and is brutally beaten up,which made me recognise how seriously they treat wrestling, no matter how shallow or merely entertaining it may appear from the outside.
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