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, October 25, 2014
7:00 PM

Ch*nk, Dir. Stanley Yung



To celebrate Halloween, JANM will screen Ch*nk, a horror feature about an Asian American serial killer. The film was written and produced by JANM Vice President of Programs Koji Steven Sakai. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the screening.

There will be a pre-screening reception with drinks and light refreshments. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the screening. Guests are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. No masks or weapons.

Click here to watch a trailer of the film>>
The film is not rated and contains graphic images, violence and strong language.


Stanley Yung (DIRECTOR)
Stanley Yung grew up loving movies. Some of his earliest memories are of watching double features at revival houses with his parents in San Francisco. A graduate of UCLA Film School, Yung’s thesis project World of Longing was featured at the Hawaii International Film Festival and the Asian American International Film Festival. He went on to work for Roger Corman’s “School of Film” at Concorde/New Horizons Studio. Following in the footsteps of idols like Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, Yung labored behind the scenes of numerous B-movie classics and worked his way up from production assistant to director in just 18 months. He directed The Fabulous Miss Wendy’s music video “Crazy Fucked Up Bitch,” second unit directing for SyFy’s “Black Scorpion” television series, and co-directed the feature Sting of the Black Scorpion. Chink is his feature directorial debut.

Koji Steven Sakai (WRITER/PRODUCER)
Koji Steven Sakai is a graduate of USC’s Master’s of Professional Writing program. His first film, Haunted Highway, co-written with Naoko Ihara Witmer and director Junichi Suzuki, was distributed by Lions Gate DVD. Sakai also wrote and produced The People I Slept With, a feature romantic comedy directed by Quentin Lee and starring Karin Anna Cheung, Wilson Cruz, Archie Kao, and James Shigeta. The People I’ve Slept With premiered in the fall of 2009 and has played at the São Paulo International Film Festival and the Golden Horse Film Festival in Taiwan, among other prestigious festivals. Sakai also contributed a story, “Meet Joe,” to Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology, the first graphic anthology written, drawn, and about Asian Americans.

Quentin Lee (PRODUCER)
Born in Hong Kong, Quentin Lee immigrated to Montreal, Canada before going on to study literature at UC Berkeley and Yale and film production/directing at UCLA. Starting out as an experimental video maker, his early shorts screened at over 20 film festivals domestically and internationally. Lee has also published a novel, Dress Like a Boy, based on his last year of college at Berkeley. His first feature, Shopping for Fangs, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival as part of Perspective Canada in 1997. He is currently working on a graphic novel, Campus Ghost Story, with artist John Hahn, and a horror thriller, Rigor Mortis, to be shot in Hong Kong. Lee has produced every feature he has directed.

Reception sponsored by Kirin Brewery of America LLC.

Saturday, November 8, 2014
11:00 AM

Double Feature: Great Japanese Americans


In appreciation of Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc.’s commitment to telling the Japanese American story, JANM will screen two of their documentaries:

11 a.m.: Journey to Washington: On the Trail of Senator Daniel Inouye

2 p.m.: Scott Fujita: The Man Behind the Name


Watch a video interview with Senator Inouye on Discover Nikkei>>

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Thursday, December 4, 2014
8:00 PM

Hello Kitty Vintage Film Festival


Enjoy rarely-screened gems from the Sanrio vaults, including Nutcracker Fantasy, a 1979 stop-motion animated film, and Hello Kitty animations from the 1970s and ’80s.

$8 members, $10 non-members.

In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty

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