Chikara – The Sumo Wrestler’s Son

Chikara – Umobryderens Søn

Chikara – The Sumo Wrestler’s Son

Simon Lereng Wilmont

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A true wrestler never gives up! The Sumo wrestling championships are approaching, and for Chikara, nothing’s more important than qualifying for the contest. He trains hard. The 10-year-old’s problem is that he gets nervous as
soon as his father is around: that’s when everything seems to go wrong. The former Sumo wrestler, now owner of a noodle restaurant, once stood in the ring for Tokyo’s most successful club, now he coaches his son. Expectations are high and often Chikara’s bones hurt, but there’s nothing he wants more than to follow in his famous father’s footsteps – and to impress him.

A film about a little boy, a tough sport and parental expectations – above all a universal story about the relationship between father and son.

Director / Script

Simon Lereng Wilmont


Simon Lereng Wilmont, Lars Skr


Michael Aaglund


Peter Albrechtsen


Asger Baden & Peder


Signe Byrge Sørensen


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Simon Lereng Wilmont

Simon Lereng Wilmont studied Japanese, film studies, visual anthropology and film directing in Copenhagen. His films have been shown at international festivals and on television and have won numerous awards.

Films by Simon Lereng Wilmont
Traveling With Mr. T 2009 | Før Ferien 2009 | Over Jorden, Under Himlen 2008