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26 - JAPAN: SUMO SECRETS

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Sumo wrestlers have a proverb: “Wounds sustained on the dohyô (the ring) are cured on the dohyô”. 

Sumo is a sport of self-sacrifice in which, from the very youngest age, wrestlers learn to be master of their own bodies, and to put up with pain. Medicine occupies a highly ambivalent position in their world, and few practitioners manage to earn the wrestlers’ trust. Bernard is given special permission to penetrate daily life in a “heya” (a sumo training stable), where he meets Inui Tomoyuki, a man who has followed an atypical path, and has in-depth knowledge of their environment. He uses his knowledge of Chinese medicine and osteopathy to treat Sumos in a unique way. 

Director(s) : SARDI (Laurent), PERRIER (David), LEMAIRE (OLIVIER), PERRIER (David)

Producer(s) : ARTE FRANCE, BONNE PIOCHE

Production Year : 2015
Language(s) : German, French

Rights : DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, TV, VOD

Territories : Worldwide.