Casa Asia at BCN Sports Film Festival

Casa Asia collaborates for the second time with the BCN Sports Film | Barcelona International Ficts Festival (2019), sharing a part of its program dedicated to the festival’s theme relating to South East Asian cinematography. It deals with a full-length film from South Korea about the past Winter Olympics thanks to which new relations between the two Korean nations were initiated, bringing closer strategies and setting the basis for a new phase. Within the framework of the collaboration, there are a number of short films which need to be taken into account, most of them filmed in Japan, which have been put together in the Ganbaru Section – 頑張る, dedicated to the culture of effort in Japan sports. It will be concluded with a Kendo demonstration, a Japanese origin martial art, which will be offered to the general public on Wednesday, 5th of June.



Wednesday 5th of june, 19h

Museu Olímpic i de l’Esport Joan Antoni Samaranch

Ganbaru – 頑張る. Effort culture in Japanese sport.

In Japanese culture, effort, respect for tradition and its symbiosis with modernity are inseparable. Under this title, a series of short films are put together showing us the strength of these values through sumo, baseball, athletics and climbing:


LITTLE MISS SUMO | United Kingdom, United States and Japan | 2018 | 18’

Hiyory, a women’s sumo champion, faces obstacles as much from the inside as from the outside of the ring when trying to permanently modify some aspects of the Japan’s national sport.

DEAD RUN | Japan | 2018 | 10′

Hana is a part of the athletics team. To forget repressed feelings about her parents, her best friend and their love story, she runs. The passion for running is what allows her to keep moving on.

STUD | United States | 2017 | 12’47’

A 14 year old kid, pressured by everyone’s expectations around him and his dream of becoming a sports star, he suffers the pressures of baseball in competition.

MITAKA SUMO SCHOOL | Catalunya | 2017 | 8′

At Mitaka Sumo School, situated a few kilometers away from Tokyo, kids learn sumo: a thousand year old sport with essential values, like respect and nonviolence.

REEL ROCK 13: UP TO SPEED | United States | 2018 | 20’35”

When it was announced that the sporting practice known as climbing would be a part of the 2020 Olympic Games, many climbers were surprised on knowing that one of the three categories in which they would be competing in to earn an Olympic medal would be fast climbing. Zachary Barr, REEL ROCK’s correspondent, analyzes this sub-discipline and its role on the future of climbing.


Club members of Associació Catalana de Kendo (ACKEN), Associació Esportiva Renshinkan, Club de Kendo de Ryoshinkai and Club de Kendo UPC will offer us a demonstration of Kendo, the Japanese origin martial art.


Thursday 6th of june, 19h


CROSSING BEYOND | South Korea | 2018 | 100′

Official Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018 film.

Accompanied by the acclaimed documentalist Yi Seung-jin, we discover how the Olympic values overcome boundaries. Five competitions, one ambition: this is the story of five young athletics forced to face personal, social, political and geographical limitations and barriers. Yi Seung-jun captures the Olympic spirit and soul of this Olympic Games edition, setting out important questions about sport’s value beyond the podium.



Date and schedule: Wednesday, 5th  of june of 2019, at 19h.

Free entrance until full capacity. No registration required.

Place: Museu Olímpic i de l’Esport Joan Antoni Samaranch

Avinguda de l’Estadi, 60, 08038 Barcelona



Date and schedule: thursday, 6th of june of 2019, at 19h.

Free entrance until full capacity. No registration required.

Place: Museu i Centre d’Estudis de l’Esport Dr. Melcior Colet

Carrer de Buenos Aires, 56, 08036 Barcelona