“The Surrounding Game” is the first feature documentary to tell the incredible story of Go, from ancient China to 21st century America.
Born from the simplest rules, the ancient game of Go is the most complex and elegant game ever discovered. The rules are remarkably simple, yet even the best computer programs are easily crushed by professional players. This unique game has inspired centuries of tradition and millions of fans, but despite its depth, Go remains little-known outside East Asia – until now.
June 15, 2014
Go Seigen was born in China on June 12, 1914, where his name is Wu Qingyuan. He is regarded by many to be the greatest Go player who ever lived.
Along with Kitani Minoru, Go Seigen was responsible for a major revolution in playing style in the early 20th century. At a time when many players adhered to standard opening patterns, Go experimented with new opening moves, placing greater value on center-facing influence and fast, flexible openings. The insights gained through this experimentation ultimately laid the foundation for much...
April 4, 2014
On Wednesday, March 26, the team traveled to Palm Springs, California, to compete in the American Documentary Film Festival’s ‘Film Fund Pitch’ contest. There were 6 other films in the competition, and each group showed a 5-minute reel and answered a few questions from the judges. After the pitch, Cole and Will hustled back to the East Coast to help host the ACGA Spring Go Expo, while Richard stayed at the festival to take in the sun and the myriad of great films, network with other filmmakers and producers, and await the...
September 7, 2013
Stephanie Yin 1p explains her life as a student in one of China's elite Go schools.