Sunday, December 4, 2011

Pushy Women

Women in sumo wrestling?! WHAT?! This might be your reaction, too, if you had watched this short (23 min) documentary on this atypical sport, titled Pushy Women, directed by Caro MacDonald. Although it was very interesting to watch, the film left much to be desired. There was no narration to speak of, which made the inconsistent subtitles even harder to contextualize, let alone action on screen. Overall, the film’s content was broad and gave personal insight into the daily life of a woman sumo wrestler in Japan. The film covered their workouts, practice sessions, interdisciplinary training in other forms of martial arts like judo, various injuries they sustained, mealtimes, recreational activities like karaoke, and ended with an interscholastic competition.