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Chikara - The Sumo Wrestler's Son

Simon Lereng Wilmont, Denmark, 2014

32 min., DK/Documentary

The film follows the 10-year-old Japanese boy Chikara and his struggle to become a sumo wrestler. His father, Harumitsu, was a professional sumo wrestler from one of Tokyo's most successful clubs, so expectations surrounding Chikara are extremely high. Today his father owns a noodle shop, where he works too much. They only spend time together during Sumo wrestling practice. This time is very valuable for Chikara and he desperately wants to impress his father, but when Harumitsu is there, Chikara gets really nervous and everything seems to go wrong. The annual national Sumo Championship is approaching and it means everything to Chikara to do well, so his father will be proud of him.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Library
Danish title Chikara - Sumobryderens Søn
Other titles Sumobryderens søn, Sport Kids, Chikara - The Sumo Wrestler's Son
Keywords Drenge, Far-søn forholdet, Sumobrydning, Japan, 2010-2019
Director Simon Lereng Wilmont
Screenplay Simon Lereng Wilmont
Producer Monica Hellström
Director of Photography Simon Lereng Wilmont, Lars Skree
Production country Denmark
Dialogue language Danish,English,Japanese
Production companies Final Cut for Real ApS
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut
International sale Autlook Filmsales / Spittelberggasse 3/14 / 1070 Wien / t +43 720 34 69 34 / welcome@autlookfilms.com / autlookfilms.com
Danish festival release 19.09.2014, BUSTER
Online release 12.12.2015
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7


Direction Simon Lereng Wilmont


Screenplay Simon Lereng Wilmont


Producer Monica Hellström
Production manager Maria Kristensen
Executive producer Signe Byrge Sørensen
Post-production Anders V. Christensen


Cinematographer Simon Lereng Wilmont
Cinematographer Lars Skree


Editor Michael Aaglund


Composer Asger & Peder


Sound design Peter Albrechtsen

Visual effects

Graphic design Emil Thorbjørnsson
Colorgrading Anders V. Christensen


Production companies Final Cut for Real ApS
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Frankfurt Lucas International Children's Film Festival 2014-09-21
Malmö Nordisk Panorama 2014-09-19
Seoul International Youth Film Festival 2014-08-21
Kidsffest Indonesia 2014-06-12
Fredrikstad, Nordic Docs 2014-05-08
TIFF Kids 2014-04-08
Taipei Taiwan Int. Children's TV and Film Festival 2014-03-27
Malmö, BUFF 2014-03-10
Amsterdam, IDFA 2013-11-20
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