Kenna Heffernan and Wayne Vierra at a sumo event in Los Angeles


  • [SUMO EAST AND WEST] is an engrossing exploration on the meaning of tradition and the inevitability of change. Behind the camera, Pearlstein managed to look past the grotesque and the spectacle to capture the elegance at the heart of the game. Under her direction, every belly-slap, diaper-hitch, and thousand-pound tumble becomes a moment of beauty and grace.

    The Austin Chronicle
  • ...fascinating... a witty film that even the most reverent sumo fan can appreciate.

  • ...Sumo East and West offers an entertaining glimpse at the ancient art of sumo wrestling