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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 rsvp@janm.org 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, May 9, 2015
2:00 PM

Honor and Sacrifice: The Roy Matsumoto Story

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FREE

This award-winning film tells the story of Roy Matsumoto, a Nisei who became a World War II hero when he fought against the Japanese as part of Merrill’s Marauders, an American guerrilla unit. He also did work in military intelligence, which was kept secret for 50 years. Matsumoto had one brother who also fought for the Americans and three who fought for the Japanese, while his parents and sisters decided to relocate to their ancestral home of Hiroshima. This family’s heartrending story, told by Roy’s daughter Karen, encapsulates the complex issues faced by Japanese Americans during this time.

Screening followed by discussion with Karen Matsumoto and filmmakers Lucy Ostrander and Don Sellers.

This film is available on DVD at the JANM Store.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
7:00 PM

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo presents The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles with the West (1916-17)

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In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, JANM presents a rare screening of The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles with the West (1916–17), a silent black-and-white film directed by Marion Wong.

The Curse of Quon Gwon is the earliest known film directed by an Asian American, and one of the earliest directed by a woman. Reflecting the filmmaker’s desire to present authentic Chinese culture to a Western audience, the movie features an all-Chinese cast and Chinese-style interior décor. The melodramatic storyline, which is typical of Western films from that era, is filled with romance and intrigue.

The evening will include a talk with Mai-Lon Gittelsohn and Dr. Greg Mark, descendants of star Violet Wong, and filmmaker Arthur Dong, who facilitated the restoration of two reels of the historic film by the Academy Film Archive. The rest of the film is still missing.

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, June 20, 2015
2:00 PM

Nisei Stories of Wartime Japan

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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

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Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) go on a quest for White Castle burgers; hilarity ensues.

Q&A with filmmakers 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

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Screening of the short film based on the life of pioneering Issei legal activist Sei Fujii, followed by a talk with John Tomlinson, former USC law school dean, and Judge Bruce Iwasaki.

Purchase the Lil Tokyo Reporter DVD at the JANM Store.

Read about J. Marion Wright in this biographical essay written by his daughter Janice LaMoree on Discover Nikkei.

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