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A Passionate Challenger | Masters of Their Profession |

Rumbling – at a railroad workplace –


轟音 ある鉄道員たちの現場 [KTV]

|Length : 47min. |Year : 2000

Steam locomotives disappeared from the public stages of the Japanese railroad in 1975. Currently, in the forefront are sophisticated trains such as the bullet trains "shinkansen" controlled by high-grade computers. Even in such a modern Japan, steam locomotives are still being preserved and operated on a few routes. This documentary portrays the crew and the trainee who struggle in conditions including oxygen scarcity and heat that reaches 70 degrees Celsius.

Pilgrimage of the Soul – Author Paulo Coelho Walks in Kumano –


魂の巡礼 作家コエーリョ・熊野を歩く [TVA]

|Length : 47min. |Year : 2001

In February 2000, Paulo Coelho, the Brazilian known for such worldwide best-sellers as The Pilgrimage and The Alchemist, came to Japan. He had been in Japan many times before, but this time he came with a special purpose: to walk the "Kumano Ancient Road," with its history of over one thousand years. The path of the pilgrim held great meaning for Paulo, who had discovered himself and become a writer by walking Spain's Santiago Pilgrimage.

Thank you, Inay – A song dedicated by a Filipina daughter to her two mothers –


イナイありがとう フィリピーナの母唄 [MMT]

|Length : 25min. |Year : 2001

Mariya Kan-no, a singer from the Philippines and her daughter Risa work as a mother and daughter duo to perform charity concerts at retirement homes and other welfare facilities. Last year out of her desire to do something for the children of the Philippines, she single-handedly organized and held a fund-raising concert in Sendai City. She and Risa personally delivered all the proceeds to her native country, distributing presents to impoverished children.

The Man Who Dropped the Atomic Bomb His Story – The Day Hiroshima City Became Known Throughout the World –


原爆を落とした男 証言・ヒロシマが生まれた日 [HOME]

|Length : 52min. |Year : 2002

More than a half century has passed since the world's first A-bomb had fallen on Hiroshima. The dropping of the A-bomb was the most significant event of the twentieth century. Hiroshima was reduced to nothing. Paul Tibbets piloted the Enola Gay, the B-29 bomber that dropped the A-bomb on Hiroshima city. Tibbets, who until now had been reluctant to speak to the Japanese media, agreed to talk of his experiences.

Shining Scrap-Metal – My Dad’s Life May Seem A Waste But It’s Really Brilliant! –


鉄くずキラリ [CBC]

|Length : 58min. |Year : 2002

The story centers-around a man who has been creating useless robots using scrap metal at his workshop alone in the mountains. He is 61 years of age. When asked, "Why do you make such things?" he always answers, "There's no meaning behind it." This same man also plays his beloved harmonica whenever he's not hard at work creating something. "I do what I want, whenever I want to do it, for as long as I like." That's him!

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