February 25 2015
One does not simply become a sumo wrestler over a night, the realm of sumo is far from a matter of strength. Learning the basics of Sumo wrestling takes a lifetime’s commitment, not to mention a trained discipline.
Let alone: nailing the technique, the constant weight management, sticking to a tailored wrestler’s diet, learning about Japanese culture and behaving with decorum. As a kick start, Gambarimasu がんばります (in i.e ‘I will do my best‘) will do far much better than a simple konichiwa.
In ‘Becoming Sumo’ Canadian production company Salazar, set out to look into the life of a remarkable character who aspires to pursue something no one from the African continent has ever achieved.
Originally from Egypt, 22-year old aspiring sumo wrestler Abdelrahman Shalan – or Ōsunaarashi (“The Great Sandstorm”) as he is commonly known in Japan, takes on a quest in hope of mastering the ancient art of sumo. Against all odds, he gains himself a place at a sumo stable led by Tadahiro Otake.
Directed and Produced by Salazar
Music by Edo Van Breemen
Titles: Stuart Langfield
Additional Titles: Peter Hadfield
Sound Design: Vidar Grande