The Witches Of The Orient

  • 9 10
  • 2021
  • 99min
The Witches Of The Orient
  • Original Title: Les Sorcières de l'Orient

An innovative documentary chronicles the Japanese women’s volleyball team’s rise from factory workers to 1964 Olympic gold medalists, capturing their 258-game winning streak and national impact.

The Witches Of The Orient

The Witches Of The Orient - Factory workers' rise to Olympic glory

How did a group of humble factory workers become a phenomenal sports success story and the pride of an entire nation? This ferociously innovative and visually stunning documentary tells the tale of the Japanese women’s volleyball team’s thrilling rise, unbelievable 258-game winning streak, and eventual gold medal triumph at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

United by their jobs in a textile factory, the team chased absolute perfection, striking fear in the hearts of their competitors and earning the racist moniker “Oriental witches.”

Less an underdog tale than a saga of overwhelming determination, The Witches Of The Orient - conjures—through a mix of fantastic anime sequences and rhythmically edited archival footage—the team’s grip on the imagination of an entire nation seeking renewal and acceptance on the postwar world stage.

Julien Faraut
Julien Faraut Director

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