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Ryoji and His Fellow Travellers – 18 Years of a Blind University Student –


良司君 旅立ち 全盲大学生18年の記録 [NHK]

|Length : 44min. |Year : 1995

Ryoij Hoshika, 18, is totally blind. He is also a student at Japan's most difficult-to-enter and prestigious institution of higher education - Tokyo University. Despite his handicap Ryoji has always attended regular schools. Supported by family and friends - and especially by his warm-hearted mother - Ryoji has worked tirelessly to get ahead. Now, however, it is time to be independent and he has started to live on his own in Tokyo.

On the Edge of Life


いのちの水際をささえて 新生病院の試み [SBC]

|Length : 45min. |Year : 1993

Although most Japanese doctors will not tell cancer patients that they are terminally ill and are firm believers in institutional care, Dr.Toru Uchisaka and his doctor wife, Yumiko are of a different opinion: they believe in a patient's right to know what his or her condition is and that the best place for a terminal cancer patient is usually right at home. This moving documentary tells us as much about the meaning of life as it does about the terrible reality of death.

Realizing Potential with Computers


諫早パソコンストーリー [NBC]

|Length : 12min. |Year : 1992

Disabled people have abilities, too. That's the message of this documentary, which takes as its subject disabled Japanese people who have become computer experts. In the documentary the disabled people talk about what it's like to teach "normal" people. There are interviews with their adult students as well. The computer teachers are also shown teaching a weekly computer class especially for children. "Realizing Potential with Computers" demonstrates that one of the best ways to deal with physical "disabilities" is to concentrate not on what can't be done - but on what can be done.

I Love Yu


あい・ラブ・優ちゃん [RKB]

|Length : 48min. |Year : 1992

In "I Love Yu," acclaimed Japanese documentarist Eibun Kimura offers viewers a moving yet unsentimental portrait of his mentally retarded daughter, Yu. Kimura's chronological approach traces Yu's life from her birth to her pre-adolescent years. As director and narrator, Kimura shows - and tells - how much his daughter has achieved, despite her handicap. He also speaks matter-of-factly about the pain felt by the parents of mentally retarded children.

Silent Jump Shot


音のないドリブル [OBS]

|Length : 27min. |Year : 1992

Masataka Nishi, a high-school student, lost much of his hearing because of an ear disease when he was four years old. But, having been very fond of sports since he was a little child, he is now captain of the basketball team at his high school, and also a star player. He wants to go on to college to become a coach, but in many cases, doors are not open for the hearing-impaired. Even so, Masataka keeps going without becoming discouraged, just as he has always coped with a soundless world of basketball.

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