Japanese American National Museum
Events Calendar

Series: Film Screenings

All programs are free for Museum members and free with general admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.

Reservations are recommended for most programs (RSVPs not needed for Family Festivals). Some programs may have separate reservation contacts. Please check program description. Please RSVP at least 48 hours in advance by emailing or calling 213.625.0414. Please indicate the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the total in your party.

For all classes, workshops, and food tours, pre-payment is required to hold your space. Please call 213.625.0414 or purchase tickets online using the links below. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.


Saturday, June 20, 2015
2:00 PM

Nisei Stories of Wartime Japan


After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, thousands of American citizens of Japanese ancestry who were in Japan at the time were barred from returning to the United States until after the war ended. Through ten interviews that encompass a range of experiences and attitudes, this documentary film takes an inside look at the experiences of the stranded American citizens.

Discussion to follow with mother-and-son filmmakers Mary McDonald and Thomas Mazawa, whose own relatives’ stories inspired this film.

Co-sponsored by the Aratani Endowed Chair, UCLA Asian American Studies.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
7:00 PM

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo presents Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle


Directed by Danny Leiner, this raunchy 2004 comedy follows the life-changing (and mind-altering) journey of Korean American investment banker Harold (John Cho) and Indian American medical school candidate Kumar (Kal Penn). Both underdogs, Harold and Kumar decide to spend what would have been an uneventful Friday night trying to satisfy an oddly intense urge for White Castle hamburgers. But finding a White Castle proves a difficult task, and the two friends wind up on an epic road trip. Rated R. Q&A to follow.

Pre-sale: $8 JANM and Visual Communications members, $10 general.
At the door (if available): $12 JANM and VC members, $15 general.

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo is a film series presented by JANM in partnership with Angry Asian Man, First Pond Entertainment, and Visual Communications.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
2:00 PM

Panel Discussion and Screening: Lil Tokyo Reporter: Sei Fujii's Fight for Nikkei Rights


Lil Tokyo Reporter is a short film inspired by the true story of Sei Fujii, a community leader who looked out for the interests of Japanese American people in Southern California during the first half of the 20th century.

Fujii is best known for building a much-needed community hospital and helping to overturn the California Alien Land Law in 1952. Set during the Great Depression, the film shows Fujii using his radio program and newspaper to promote his community’s accomplishments and confront corrupt business practices.

Screening will be followed by a talk with John Tomlinson, retired Associate Dean of the USC Gould School of Law, and Judge Bruce Iwasaki.

Purchase the Lil Tokyo Reporter DVD at the JANM Store.

Learn more about the legal struggle to build the Japanese Hospital in this biographical essay about Sei Fuji’s legal partner J. Marion Wright, written by his daughter Janice LaMoree, on Discover Nikkei.

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