You’ve heard of “moneyball,” but what about “brain ball”?
That’s the strategy used by the Vancouver Asahi – the city’s storied baseball team from the 1930s – to dominate the competition. Instead of relying on home runs, they used bunts and great defence to foil their opponents.
The team and the Japanese-Canadian experience during that era is the subject of the new feature film The Vancouver Asahi, in local theatres now as part of the Vancouver International Film Festival. The big budget movie recreates the Asahi’s epic 1937 season while offering a glimpse into life in Vancouver’s historic Japantown neighbourhood in the days before World War II.
And there’s a unique twist: The film was made in Japan, offering a Japanese take on Vancouver life and racial politics at the time. Continue reading:
Big-Budget Movie Looks at Vancouver’s Legendary Japanese Baseball Team