• Short Summary

    Traditional Japanese sword fighting is kept alive in a school hall in South London.

  • Description

    Stockwell, London.

    A group of Kendo enthusiasts keep alive this centuries old Japanese sword fighting ritual using bamboo canes.

    M/S of a row of students in martial arts costumes inside a school hall. They are doing Kendo exercises - they shout and wave wooden poles above their heads. M/S of the students kneeling on small stools, they lay down their wooden swords and bow their heads. C/U of a male student shouting in Japanese. C/U of another student wrapping his head in a scarf covered in Japanese writing. C/U of a girl doing the same. C/U of a man putting on his protective mask and helmet. C/U of a man putting on black padded mittens.

    M/S of the row of students in protective battle gear kneeling in front of their instructor. Their instructor stands up and holds out his sword, one by one the students run past hitting his sword with theirs and shouting. Point of view shot from behind the mask of the Kendo instructor of the students running towards him. Low angle pan along row of masked students. Various shots of a student and the instructor fighting with the wooden swords.

    Cuts exist - see separate record.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:05:32:00 / 01:07:22:00
    CP 587

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