Sleeping Tigers: The Asahi Baseball Story

This feature-length documentary tells the story of the Asahi baseball team. In pre-World War II Vancouver, the team was unbeatable, winning the Pacific Northwest Championship for five straight years. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, all persons of Japanese descent in Canada were sent to internment camps. The former Asahi members survived by playing ball. Their passion was contagious and soon other players joined in, among them RCMP officials and local townspeople. As a result, the games helped break down racial and cultural barriers. This remarkable story is told with a combination of archival footage, interviews and dramatic re-enactments.


Jari Osborne
Jari Osborne
Karen King-Chigbo
Robert Ito
Ricardo Acosta
director of photography
Michael Grippo
sound design
Alan Geldart
original music
Guy Zerafa
sound recordist
Jim Ursulak
visual researcher
Tanya Fleet
Norah Wakula
re-recording mixer
Steve Munro
Timothy Mehlenbacher
foley artist
Sid Lieberman
art director
Robyn Badger
costume designer
Maia Daniel
makeup artist
Lisa Brown
senior producer
Silva Basmajian
executive producer
Louise Lore
Sylvia Sweeney
Bryce Davie
Chris Morton
Trevor Jey Shimizu
Mike Takahashi
Ted Wakabayashi
Samuel Yamada
Chardin Jarret-Amor
Ben McPhee
Aaron Pitts
James Rutherford
Troy Weston
Sano Erik Liyoshi


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