Gaea Girls (2002)

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  • Japanese Fighting Women Alternative


Observational documentary featuring a school outside Tokyo that trains young Japanese women to wrestle but not in the Sumo style. Follows their physically and mentally gruelling regime, focusing in particular on one trainee, Takeuchi, who is trying to prove herself.

Follows the fortunes of a group of young Japanese women undergoing a mentally and physically gruelling training regime in a wrestling school. The chief coach is a professional fighter, whose own career depends on her popularity as a personality and a winner. Her attitude is uncompromising, offering no comfort to those who display a hint of sympathy towards their opponents. Concentrates on two of the least likely students, one who is unmotivated and unfit, and the other who suffers from low self-esteem. Shown on BBC2 in March 2002 in the `Under the sun' series.

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