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Brought to us by Guinness, “Liberty Fields — The Pioneers of Women’s Rugby” shatters the old-fashioned idea that Japanese women are demure flowers who stay at home and support their families. But, 30 years ago, that delusion was much closer to reality when many women here had to ditch careers and passions for marriage. As for rugby — well that was a sport played by burly, sweaty men, right?

“It’s easy to buy into this kind of narrative, but I think this movie proves not many people are like that,” says Tokyo-based filmmaker Mackenzie Sheppard.

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