Feb 9, 2014

Portrait Of A Kendama Samurai

A kendama is the Japanese equivalent of traditional skilll based ball and cup toys, in which the goal is and always has been the same: Catching one object with the other. This Matthew Ballard directed short goes into the portrait of Iijima Hiroki, a professional Kendama player who talks about how he brought his love of dancing and Kendama together to create an exciting new hybrid.

Iiji discusses his thoughts on the past, his craft and his attempts to redefine the future of freestyle Kendama, which fits the same fun sport niche as Hockern (Freestyle Stooling). Intimate and heartfelt, I loved this little portrait of someone small with some truly big ambitions.

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