Directed by: Will Lockhart, Cole D. Pruitt USA, CHINA
Synopsis: In East Asia, the ancient game of Go is revered as one of mankind’s great cultural discoveries. For thousands of years, masters and disciples have passed the game down as a mirror for the human mind. As described by chess grandmaster Edward Lasker, "the rules of Go are so elegant, organic, and rigorously logical, that if intelligent life forms exist elsewhere in the universe, they almost certainly play Go." To master the game, Chinese, Japanese and Korean students today begin training in special Go academies from the age of five. Those with promise sacrifice their high-school education, training for years to have a shot at entering the elite world of the pros, where international tournaments are broadcast to millions of fans. But in America, Go is barely recognized at all. Enter the American Go community: a ragtag group of gamers and hippies working desperately to spread Go in the West. After decades of stagnation, they launch a professional system of their own to find a prodigy who will ignite passion for Go in the West. As top young American players Andy and Ben compete to become the first Western professional Go players, their battles turn inward: what drives their obsession with Go, and why do they find greater meaning in the game than in real life? Uncertain about their futures, they make a pilgrimage to meet the world’s greatest living player, 99-year-old Japanese master Go Seigen.
Language: Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean (English Subtitles)
Q&A w/Filmmakers Following the Film