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J-Film: Number 16 - The Tetsuharu Kawakami Story

  • Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan 1150 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

J-Film: Number 16 - The Tetsuharu Kawakami Story

Presented by the Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan and Japan Commerce Association of Washington, D.C., Inc.

In conjunction with the JICC summer exhibition A New League!

A rare and unique film about the famed Japanese baseball player and “God of Batting”, Tetsuharu Kawakami!

In conjunction with the JICC’s exhibition, A New League: Shared Pastimes and the Story of U.S.-Japan Baseball, the JICC is excited to present an exclusive and special screening of this film about the life of Tetsuharu "Tetsuji" Kawakami, one of the great stars of Japanese baseball in the postwar era.

Filmed one year before his retirement from the Yomiuri Giants, Number 16 tells the story of one of the greatest and most influential baseball stars in Japan, Tetsuharu Kawakami, the "God of Batting." Showing his life from his humble beginnings in Kumamoto, the dramatic struggle at 1937 the Summer Koshien High-School Tournaments, to his spectacular rise with the Giants, Number 16 is a must-see for any fan of Japanese baseball.

Featuring a star-studded cast including Michiyo Aratama(KwaidanSword of Doom), Joe Shishido (Branded to Kill), and Tetsuharu Kawakami himself!


In Japanese with English subtitles | Not Rated | 1957 | 81 min | Directed by Eisuke Takizawa

Image: © 1957 Nikkatsu


This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required for security purposes.

Film program begins at 6:30 PM. Doors open 30 minutes prior.

No admission or re-entry will be permitted after 7:00 PM.

Registered guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early as seating is limited and registration does not guarantee guests a seat.