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My Dad is a Heel Wrestler | New York Int'l Children's Film Festival
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My Dad is a Heel Wrestler

Festival 2021
Feature
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Japan
Live Action, Kyohei Fujimura; 2018, 110 min.
Recommended ages: 9+
In Japanese, with English subtitles
Nine-year-old Shota’s dad was a star top-tier pro wrestler until age and injuries dropped him to the kitschy B-league of wrestling. Shota believes his dad is still number one, until one day he makes the shocking discovery that his father is not a hero wrestler but Cockroach, the “heel”, or villain, everyone loves to hate. Can Shota’s father take off his mask and learn that there are more important things than saving face? Can Shota learn that real heroes don’t always don the guise we think? Find out in this heart-warming, body-slamming, smile-inducing tale that lights up the ring.

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