The"dragons" of the South China sea cut through the calm waters around Hong Kong recently.?
GV: Hong Kong skyscrapers and Chinese spectators.
GV: thousands of spectators on junks watching the race.
SV: a women-team preparing for race. (2 shots)
SV: an European team (2 shots)
SV ZOOM OUT: Japanese Nagasaki team moving to start line.
SV: Penang team moving to starting point.
GV: crowd watching dragon boat race.
GV ZOOM INTO:final heat in progress
SV AND GV: Japanese team speeding to finish point and won the race.
SV: Japanese team leader Junichi Matoishi receiving trophy.
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Background: The"dragons" of the South China sea cut through the calm waters around Hong Kong recently. But these dragons weren't horrible creatures of the deep. They were brightly coloured "Dragon Boats" manned by crews of fifty men, taking part in an annual festival on Tuesday (21 June).
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of people turn out every year to watch the dragon boar races. It is a traditional Chinese belief that the day's festivities should induce the rain to fall and its history has been marked by the occasional typhoon.
This year's races had a truly international flavour with teams from Europe, Japan and Malaysia. The races were not open to foreign competitors until last year when a Japanese team from Nagasaki took part. A crew has gone to Nagasaki this month to join in the dragon boat races there.
The final of this year's races were held between the Malaysian boat from Penang, the Japanese and a crew of young Hong Kong fishermen last in 1976 but there was a different result for them on Tuesday when they stormed through to win.
The leader of the Japanese team-Junichi Matoishi-received the trophy after the race and said there will be a great celebration when they get back home.