Sumo Do, Sumo Don't

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"A giant comedy… with giant underpants!"
  • 1992
  • 1 hr 43 min
  • 7.2  (974)

In 1992, the Japanese movie Sumo Do, Sumo Don't (Shiko Funjatta) was released, directed by Masayuki Suo. The movie is a hilarious sports comedy that follows a group of college students in Japan who are forced to join the university sumo wrestling club due to their required physical education credit. The film stars Masahiro Motoki as the main protagonist, Shuhei Yamamoto, a serious and determined student who becomes the unlikely leader of the sumo team.

The story begins with Yamamoto, who is struggling to find purpose and direction in his college life. He is a serious and studious student who excels academically, but has no real passions or interests outside of his studies. His life changes when he is forced to take a physical education class, and decides to join the sumo club to fulfill his requirement. However, he quickly learns that the club is disorganized, underfunded, and made up of misfits and outcasts who are not taken seriously by anyone.

Yamamoto initially struggles to fit in with the team, who are more interested in goofing off and having fun than actually competing. However, he soon realizes that the team members have hidden talents, such as the rotund and jolly Joji, who has a natural talent for sumo despite his weight. He also develops a close friendship with the shy and reserved Shinichi, who is a gifted sumo wrestler but lacks confidence in himself.

As Yamamoto becomes more involved with the sumo team, he begins to realize his own untapped potential as a sumo wrestler. He trains tirelessly, develops his technique, and eventually becomes a formidable sumo wrestler. However, he also learns the importance of teamwork and leadership, as he guides his teammates to become better sumo wrestlers and more confident individuals.

The movie is also filled with comedic moments, such as the team's comically inept coach who does not know the first thing about sumo wrestling, and the team's antics as they try to improve their skills. The film also touches on more serious themes, such as the pressure that Japanese society places on students to succeed academically, and the struggle to find one's own identity in a conformist society.

Overall, Sumo Do, Sumo Don't is a heartwarming and entertaining sports comedy that will leave audiences laughing and inspired. It showcases the beauty and tradition of sumo wrestling, as well as the importance of camaraderie and teamwork in any sport or endeavor. The film's talented cast, excellent direction, and thoughtful themes make it a must-see for anyone looking for a feel-good movie with a lot of heart.

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    1 hr 43 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (974)