The Miracle of Crybaby Shottan 


Film Festivals:

Hawaii International Film Festival
Montreal World Film Festival
Hong Kong Asian Film Festival





From director Toshiaki Toyoda (Blue Spring, 2002) comes the true story of Shoji ‘Shottan’ Segawa played by Ryuhei Matsuda (The Great Passage, 2013), a man who broke the rules and turned the system on its head in order to become one of the greatest professional shogi players of all time.

Shogi, also known as ‘Japanese chess’, is a thousand-year-old game of strategy steeped in history and tradition. Games are played on national television, professional players are revered and those wishing to reach the highest level must endure a strict training process through what’s known as the ‘shore-kai’ system in order to ‘go pro’.

Shoji Segawa (Matsuda) has loved the game since he was a young boy. Whilst he wasn’t a star pupil in school, at shogi he excelled. When he and his best friend Yuya (Noda) discover the smoke-filled local shogi parlour, a whole new world opens up, inspiring both of them to compete on the youth circuit.
When a twist of fate causes Yuya to leave the competition circuit, Shoji decides to roll the dice and pursue a professional career in the game. He joins a nearby ‘shore-kai’ which will provide a gateway to a professional career. But the pressure is high – and if he can’t make the grade by his 26th birthday, he will be forever relegated to the amateur circuit.  






Ryuhei Matsuda, Yojiro Noda

Director: Toshiaki Toyoda
Duration (min) : 127 min(tbc), Th/Ed
Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Biopic
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Chinese and English/ English





Worldwide except Japan and Taiwan