"70th Anniversary of the end of WWII"
"Japanese American History, Unknown"
~ Nisei Trilogy Screening Kick-off Event ~
NVC Memorial Hall, Lefty's room
“Toyo’s Camera ~ Japanese American History during WII ~” (2008)
First movie of the Japanese American history trilogy and the biggest hit at the Japanese American Theater in a day in its 20 years history. More than 2500 audience came to see this movie there in a day. Toyo Miyatake smuggled in his own camera lens and built a camera to take photographs of life behind the barbed wires. This movie portraits the Japanese American people’s life in the internment camp from his photographs during WW2.
“442 ~ Live with Honor, Die with Dignity ~” (2010)
During WWII, soldiers of the 442nd Infantry Regiment, composed mainly of Japanese Americans, fought not only the enemy, but fought prejudice, facing severe racial discrimination in their homeland. The 442nd was in an ironic predicament, fighting for a country that had branded them as enemies. However, these young men volunteered to fight and prove their loyalty as patriotic Americans, which defined their identity as they risked their lives for the cause. This film won the Special Audience Award of Maui Film Festival.
“MIS ~ Human Secret Weapon ~” (2012)
The unknown stories of these men who shut their mouth up for several decades. Their duties were so much critical for the U.S. Army. In 2012, the time has set to reveal the whole story of the Military Intelligence Service. During World War II, six thousand Nisei (second-generation Japanese Americans) served in the Military Intelligence Service, performing secret intelligence work against the Japanese military. Their work dispelled any doubt that as Americans the Nisei were willing to fight an enemy with whom they share a similar ancestral background. This film was awarded “Yamaji Fukiko Award” and “Japanese Movie Critical Award in the feature documentary films”.