The world premiere of Vegalta: Soccer, Tsunami and the Hope of a Nation, a documentary about Japanese football underdogs Vegalta Sendai, will air on AMC.
AMC, BT TV channel 332 (HD 381), is exclusive to BT customers.
Premiering on Saturday, July 9th at 9pm, the one-hour documentary follows the story of the small under-achieving football club from the East Coast of Japan, who have become famed for their Supporter Squad.
The fanatical group of flag-waving fans bring their own unique chaos to games around the country, partying to a soundtrack of Kiss and The Ramones
It was their determination and courage in the wake of the devastating 2011 tsunami however, that bought them to the attention of the world’s media and football fans around the globe.
Their remarkable act of defiance set off an incredible chain of events which captivated Japan and defined the national spirit of recovery
The documentary tells the story of how the club and their legendary fans set out on the long and emotional road to rebuild their hometown. The partnership forged between the fans and players, over their fallen friends, captured the imagination of the world.
Directed by Douglas Hurcombe and Geoff Trodd and narrated by Scottish Emmy Award-winning actor Brian Cox, the documentary also features candid interviews with one of the UK’s favourite sports commentator and presenter, Gary Lineker OBE.
The incredible soundtrack includes a main title and theme from Massive Attack star Robert Del Naja and tracks from Twisted Sister, Godspeed You Black Emperor and Japanese punk-rockers Stance Punks.
Harold Gronenthal, EVP Programming and Operations, AMC and Sundance Channel Global said: “We are committed to bringing the very best content to our channels, and we are delighted to bring this original Sundance Channel Global co-production exclusively to our UK audience on AMC and BT.
"We have been committed to this production for some time now, and we are thrilled with the results as it offers an entertaining and insightful view of a fascinating story as well as perspective on a tragedy that continues to playout in Japan but has been largely absent from the world’s headlines."
AMC from BT is available to BT TV customers in standard definition on channel 332, and in stunning high definition on channel 381 for customers with an HD bolt-on.