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How did a group of humble factory workers become a phenomenal sports success story and the pride of an entire nation? Julian Faraut’s (John McEnroe: In The Realm of Perfection) ferociously innovative and visually stunning THE WITCHES OF THE ORIENT tells the tale of the Japanese women’s volleyball team’s thrilling rise, unbelievable 258 game winning streak, and eventual Olympic gold at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

“The world-beating Japanese women’s volleyball team of the 1960s roars colourfully back to life.” – Screen Daily

“For those longing for tales of underdog victories, extreme athletic achievement, national allegories told through sports at the global stage, and for an appearance of the Tokyo Olympics (1964 version, that is), look no further.” – MUBI Notebook

  • Year
  • Runtime
    100 minutes
  • Language
    Japanese, French
  • Country
  • Premiere
    Premiere Run
  • Director
    Julien Faraut