Go Filmography - Other TV
A) The Art of War Year: 2009 Watch: YouTube Comment: Shown on the US History Channel, The Art of War included references to Go. In the two-hour program (90 minutes without adverts) based on the writings of Sun Tzu, his strategies are likened to Go and Go equipment is shown, albeit with a very un-Go-like arrangement of stones on the board. The show demonstrates Sun Tzu's principles in the war between the ancient Chinese states of Wu and Chu, the Vietnam War, the landings at Normandy during World War II, and the Battle of Gettysburg in the Civil War. In each of these cases reference is made to Go. One of the factors attributed to the American defeat in Vietnam was the observation that General Westmoreland followed a Chess-like strategy, whereas, North Vietnam's General Giap followed a Go-like strategy. In several instances a Go grid was superimposed on soldiers marching off to fight. It's pretty obvious the creators do not play Go themselves - these grids have Go stones scattered on them, some on top of each other like the kings in Checkers! But, hey, they've got good things to say about Go, so who cares? B) The Shogun Year: 2008 Comment: A BBC dramatised documentary about how Tokogawa Ieyasu become the Shogun, ruler of all Japan. In the first scene, 15 minutes in, Ieyasu plays Go while planning his war strategy. He fingers a white stone while musing and states that you should be in no hurry to remove an opponent you can beat. In the second scene 23 minutes in his son and top general are playing and he urges them to finish more quickly in order to go to battle. C) Victory at Sea Year: 1952 Watch: YouTube Comment: In part 7 of the WW2 documentary, about 5 minutes in, Japanese sailors are relaxing in their ship listening to music. smoking and so on. Two are playing Shogi and whilst two seem to be playing Go, but nearly all the stones are white. The same footage is used in Pearl Harbor: Tora, Tora, Tora: The True Story of Pearl Harbor at 31:38. Watch: YouTube. D) Look Around You Year: 2005 Comment: In this BBC spoof-80s documentary series, in the opening sequence of the episode on computers, (Series 2 Episode 5) film can been seen of a London games fair with British Go player Nick Webber teaching Go. E) New Frontiers - Ancient Chinese Games - Part One: Go and Chinese Chess Year: 2009 Source: YouTube Comment: A 30 minute documentary aired on Chinese international station CCTV9 as part of a series looking at Chinese culture and focusing on Go and Chinese Chess. Many shots of the games and of artworks, including a game shown in profile between two players dressed in black and white. Interviews about the history of the game with a magazine editor and about computer Go with the director of a research institute. F) Know Your Enemy - Japan Year: 1945 Watch: Youtube Comment: A relic from the time of World War II, Frank Capra's 1945 propaganda film mentions Go. The film speaks of the attempts to eradicate Western influence in Showa-era Japan and that "Western card games were purged in favor of this. It's a game of super chess called Go. Actually it is a game of military strategy." Men are seen playing on a thick table board and their stones in wooden bowls, with other men watching, at 43:35 in. G) Die Sendung mit der Maus (Mouse TV) Year: 2002 Source: Wikipedia Comment: In this German pedagogical program for young children the edition on 8th September 2002 featured a presentation on Go. H) Blue Peter Year: 1999 Comment: In this BBC pedagogical program for children, the edition on 4th October 1999 mentioned Go and its origins in connection with a piece on games. This was connected with a games exhibition in Croydon. I) Andrew Marr's History of the World Year: 2012 Comment: In the second part of this BBC documentary series, we see (at 41.45 minutes in) for about five seconds two modern day Chinese men playing Go in the street, with three other men watching, as part of the section on Confucius. We even see a close up of a white Chinese-style stone being played. J) Vice Year: 2017 Producer: Bill Maher Comment: In this news documentary series shown on HBO, season 5 episode 11 (12th May) features Go. Called "Engineering Immortality & Robot Revolution" it features, in the second part, AlphaGo, its match against Lee Sedol and an interview with Demis Hassabis of DeepMind. K) The Joy of AI Year: 2018 Presenter: Jim Al-Kahlili Source: BBC web page Comment: In this BBC documentary, shown on BBC 4 (4th September), one of the AI projects considered is AlphaGo. It visits DeepMind's HQ, interviews Demis Hassabis, and features the match against Lee Sedol, especially game 2 move 37. L) The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese-Americans in Hawaii Year: 2012 Director: Ryan Kawamoto Source: IMDB Watch: Youtube Comment: This hour-long documentary, with archive and dramatic reconstruction, features Go three times in the 15 minute short version, at 5:01, 6:35 and 8:22 minutes. The film focuses mainly on the Honouliuli Camp on Oahu and Go features amongst things the internees did to pass the time (though in the reconstruction footage it looks more like Five-in-a-Row). M) The History of Home Year: 2020 Comment: This documentary on the pay-to-view channel Curiosity Stream is narrated by Nick Offerman and mentions Go in a section about board and video games at 48:27 of part 2. L) Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint Year: 2020 Comment: In this pay-to-view documentary about this pioneer modern artist there is an interview with a German art historian, who has in the background of his room next to is a Go board and bowls. 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