“Kokoyakyu: High School Baseball” captures Japan’s intense passion for baseball through the eyes of two contrasting schools vying for a spot in the esteemed Koshien tournament. Chiben Academy, with its relentless training under Coach Takashima, grooms aspirants like Maeda and Hashimoto, backed by the spirited Chiben Cheer Squad.

Tennoji, an elite Osaka school, balances rigorous academics with its baseball aspirations. Dedicated students like Daisuke and Maeda navigate personal sacrifices, driven by the dream to end their school’s longstanding Koshien absence. Both institutions embody the spirit of discipline, perseverance, and love for the game.

Kokoyakyu: High School Baseball | July 4, 2006 (United States) 7.6
Director: Kenneth EngWriter: Alexander H. ShearSummary: Kokoyakyu: High School Baseball is a documentary about high school baseball in Japan, where the pastime has turned into an obsession. The film follows two schools as they head towards the 2003 tournament. The film aired on PBS as part of its Point of View series.


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