Synopsis by Michael Hastings
Canada and Japan aren't often mentioned in histories of "America's Pastime," an oversight Jari Osborne's documentary hopes to correct. Sleeping Tigers: The Asahi Baseball Story focuses on Vancouver's Asahi Tigers, founded in 1914, whose 1930s winning streak in the Pacific Northwest made them the most formidable opponents in the entire province. When WWII broke out, however, the government's internment of any person of Japanese descent forced the men into holding camps. Still, they were allowed to play baseball, and the game became their only intermittent escape from the inhuman conditions of camps -- even as their life on the field was made that much worse by racist slurs and violent outbursts from the crowds.