Sumo Do, Sumo Don't

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A funnier re-run of Fancy Dance (with sumo wrestling replacing Zen Buddhism) and an even more self-confident trial run for Shall We Dance? Got-it-made student Akihei (Motoki) is told that his poor grades will oblige him to repeat his senior year - unless he agrees to join and help revive the university's dying sumo club. Various other no-hopers are recruited, including an American student who's shy about baring his legs. Only one of them has anything like the requisite weight and girth. But slowly, inexorably, they get into the spirit of sumo and by the time the college championships come around. Lots of jockstrap jokes, gay innuendo, farting and humiliation jokes, plus the odd Cocteau quotation. It gained piquancy at the time from the fact that pretty boy star Motoki had just posed for an album of nude photos by Kishin Shinoyama.

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