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RYOKOU TRAILER – WEB VERSION from Projucer on Vimeo.

Ryokou follows the journey of Shane Perkins from his home in Adelaide post London Olympics to taking residence in Japan whilst competing in the 2012/13 Keirin competition. The documentary explores the Japanese Keirin as a pivotal part of Shane’s personal and professional growth, in context of some of the major events in his career. The series comprises of 6 episodes which will be released online in early 2013. Presented by Onitsuka Tiger. Proudly supported by Jayco and Huon Aquaculture – the world’s most loved salmon. And 88 individuals via crowdfunding platform Pozible. Directed by Davros. Made by Projucer. A Chasing the Glory Media House Production.


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Ryokou follows the journey of Shane Perkins from his home in Adelaide post London Olympics to taking residence in Japan whilst competing in the 2012/13 Keirin competition. The documentary explores the Japanese Keirin as a pivotal part of Shane’s personal and professional growth, in context of some of the major events in his career. The series comprises of 6 episodes which will be released online in early 2013. Presented by Onitsuka Tiger. Proudly supported by Jayco and Huon Aquaculture – the world’s most loved salmon. And 88 individuals via crowdfunding platform Pozible. Directed by Davros. Made by Projucer. A Chasing the Glory Media House Production.
Chris Hoy takes Mens Keirin World Cup Title at the london velodrome 2012.
Chris Hoy takes Mens Keirin World Cup Title at the london velodrome 2012.

This beautiful film was shot by Jonathan de Villiers, a fashion and portrait photographer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Wallpaper* and other places.

It gives a real insight into the life of a keirin racer in Japan, and the difference between the international sport and the Japanese version, which is one of the only state-sanctioned betting activities and therefore less about ‘pure’ atheleticism.

It looks like Villiers got some great access behind the scenes at races (which is very unusual, as they are very tightly controlled due to the amounts of money being bet) and at the state keirin school, where all prospective riders must go for a year’s training.