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Riding Uphill

OFFICIALSELECTION-SPORTFILMFESTIVALROTTERDAM-2021 (1)

DUTCH PREMIERE

7-10 December 2021 – Online (buy tickets here)

9 December 2021 – Special Screening

106′ | Japanese dialogue | English subtitles

Director: Kan Eguchi

Koji Hamajima is a 39 years old man, training at Shuzenji Bicycle Race School to be an official racer. Surrounded by young boys who are even 20 years younger than him, Koji struggles to keep up with the level on everyday training.

Eight years ago Koji was a professional baseball player of Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. However he was let go from the team and he forcibly had to quit his professional career. He now leads a sloppy life.

Koji is frustrated. It makes him betraying his best friend and his family. Koji leaves his wife and son behind and goes back to his hometown alone. However a long-familiar face from local ramen shop encourages him to become a Keirin bicycle racer…