TV Station RAB
Crossing the Finish Line – The Story of a Thoroughbred Who Lost Her Sight –
盲目の名馬 タカラコスモス [RAB]
｜Length : 47min. ｜Year : 2003 ｜
Takara Cosmos was once called a "Queen" in the Japanese Equestrian World. Unfortunately for this champion, the spotlight of fame slowly faded from sight. Five years ago, Takara Cosmos went blind due to an undiagnosed illness. A world without light is full of fear and uncertainty. However, a friendly young voice reaches out to touch her heart and keep her spirit alive. Takara Cosmos finds a kindred spirit in equestrian club student, Kanae Minato. Finally, a new life emerges from the darkness.
Heads! Bump the Sky! – Nebuta Fires the Passions of Summer –
天サ頭ぶっつけろ ねぶたに燃えた一瞬の夏 [RAB]
｜Length : 43min. ｜Year : 1997 ｜
Lit figures atop floats spur dancing in the streets
The Aomori Nebuta "fire festival" is famous the world over, but the men who make it possible are still shrouded in secrecy. This documentary focuses on two nebuta masters, Sakuryu Chiba and Takashi Kitamura as they plan, design and build their floats depicting legendary figures and animals. Work starts in the dead of winter for the festival which takes place over six days, from August 2.
One Dance,One Chance – The Masters of Hand Dancing –
｜Length : 44min. ｜Year : 2004 ｜
Once a Year, the final round of a very popular and unusual dance contest is held in Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan-the "Te-odori Masters Championship." The unique kind of folk dance called "Te-odori" ( hand dancing )is based on the movements of the Kabuki theater. It developed amongst the rural communities of the region in the 19th century.