Synopsis by Rebecca Flint Marx
A documentary look at women's wrestling in Japan, Gaea Girls is largely set in the training camp of the eponymous Gaea club, where aspiring wrestlers are supervised by the coolly sophisticated club president Yuka Sugiyama and whipped into shape by the pro wrestler Chigusa Nagayo. The film focuses much of its attention on Saika Takeuchi, a whiny trainee who struggles to pass her final tests. Directed by renowned documentarians Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams, Gaea Girls was screened at the 2000 Edinburgh Film Festival.
Japan, women, wrestling-Greco-Roman