The Surrounding Game peers into the world of Go, the oldest board game played today that was invented over 2500 years ago in China. More complex than chess, Go currently has over 40 million players worldwide with the majority living in East Asia. Witness the extraordinary world of Go at the 2017 Canadian Sport Film Festival.
THE SURROUNDING GAME
Saturday June 10th • 11:30AM • TIFF Bell Lightbox
Directors: Will Lockhart & Cole Pruitt
USA / Canada / China / Japan / South Korea • With English Subtitles • Trailer
As the majority of professional Go players reside in East Asia, three young American Go players strive to become the first-ever Western professional players. Confident in their unique play style and underdog status, they represent the new generation of players. Throughout the competition these young players encounter intense matches; Go matches can take hours to days to finish, but also battle with their own anxieties of their future. Through the interviews, these players meet the greatest Go masters of all time and together reflect on what Go and life means to each of the young players.