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The Witches of the Orient (2021)

  • Documentary, Sport
  • 1h 40m

Meet the former players of the Japanese women’s volleyball team. Now in their 70s, they used to be known as the « Witches of the Orient » because of their seemingly supernatural powers on the courts.

From the formation of the squad in the late 1950s as a worker’s team at a textile factory, right up until their triumph at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, their memories and true magic from long ago bubble up into a heady brew where fact and fable fly hand in hand.

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2021 - Big Screen Competition Sheffield DocFest 2021 - Official Selection MoMA Doc Fortnight 2021 - Official Selection


Julien Faraut


English, French, Japanese






Modern Films

Bonus Content

The Witches of the Orient AD version

1h 40m

This is the audio-described version of THE WITCHES OF THE ORIENT.