Battlefield Baseball (2003)


Yudai Yamaguchi


Tak Sakaguchi, Atsushi Ito, Hideo Sakaki


It's a...erm...comedy baseball zombie musical, in Japan. That's really all I can say.


This is currently my number one sports movie of all time. It will take quite a film to top this, as it has it all. I can even put up with the musical aspects. And you really don't need to like baseball to like this. Really.

Plot is thus. A highschool teacher wants his school to win the inter-school baseball tournament, but this is very difficult considering one of the teams is composed (decomposed?) of Zombies. There is a kid with a mythical pitching arm who can win it for them, but he has issues, mainly relating to having killed his father with the aforementioned legendary pitch. And he likes to sing. Erm. It doesn't sound so good written down.

I am getting to appreciate baseball, though I still have no clue what is going on, which is fine for this film. Although it is the main plot, the baseball is incidental. As with many Japanese flicks (see Stacy), they manage to weave in Romance, intrigue, and general weird bits as well. The film is a mishmash of comedy (seriously well-done slapstick, combined with quirky Japanese humour that translates well), the most cliche of sport-film plotline (underdogs want to win the big trophy), a fair bit of martial arts, Japanese stylie gore, and...god. It's really hard to describe.

Amazon don't have this yet, but I can guarantee they will. This was one of the most entertaining films I have ever seen, and I probably understood 1/8 of the references. Watch it with a Coors Lite and a bemused expression.

Rating: 9 / 10