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Friday, December 7, 2018
8:00 PM

Film Screening and Q&A—Strangers and Holdout



A neo-noir set in Los Angeles, Strangers follows a hitman whose longing for connection leads him to fall for his intended target. Together, the two embark on a madcap journey that involves murder, kidnapping, and a bit of romance.

Preceding Strangers is Brian L. Tan’s 30-minute film Holdout, a historical action drama based on the true story of the last Japanese holdout from World War II. Left behind on an island by his unit, he never learned of Japan’s defeat. Suddenly, his worldview is challenged when he encounters a modern American tourist.

These screenings are presented by Chopso, a streaming service for Asian- and Asian American-made content. Make sure to stay after the show for a Q&A with Strangers writer/director/actor Michael Aki and lead actress (and Hong Kong Film Award winner) Eugenia Yuan, along with Holdout director Brian L. Tan “BLT”.

This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Thursday, October 25, 2018
7:00 PM

Outdoor Movie Night: Godzilla (1954)



JANM presents the granddaddy of all monster movies, the original Japanese Godzilla (a.k.a. Gojira)!

Made at a time when Japan was still recovering from the World War II atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this remarkably human drama has spawned more than 30 remakes and sequels. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the rampaging radioactive beast destroy an intricately detailed miniature of Tokyo as it was meant to be seen—on the big screen!

Arrive early to check out Kaiju vs Heroes: Mark Nagata’s Journey through the World of Japanese Toys before the movie! Free admission to JANM from 5 p.m.–8 p.m., with last admission at 7:30 p.m.

There will also be food and music beginning at 6 p.m. Popcorn will be available for purchase by Buttery Popcorn Co. and food by Takuma’s Burger. A limited number of chairs will be set up, available first-come, first-serve. Guests are welcome to bring their own chairs and blankets, but please be mindful of blocking others’ views of the screen.

Presented in conjunction with Kaiju vs Heroes and in partnership with Haunted Little Tokyo. Supported by Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Saturday, July 7, 2018
2:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion—Loving (2016)


This historical drama is based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose 1958 arrest for interracial marriage in Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court’s historic 1967 decision that invalidated state anti-miscegenation laws.

Panel discussion to follow screening, moderated by creator Kip Fulbeck and with panelists Ken Tanabe and Catherine Leung of Loving Day, the world’s largest network of multiethnic community celebrations. Tanabe is its founder.

Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

In conjunction with the exhibition – 15 years of the hapa project
Saturday, June 16, 2018
2:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion—The Ito Sisters: An American Story


This engaging 2017 documentary from director Antonia Grace Glenn focuses on the experiences of Issei and Nisei women whose voices have largely been excluded from American history. At the heart of the film are three Nisei sisters: Natsuye (Nancy), Haruye (Lillian), and Hideko (Hedy), who were born on a farm in the Sacramento River Delta and whose lives were directly impacted by significant historical events such as the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, the Great Depression, and World War II.

Their narratives are set against the backdrop of the anti-Japanese movement in California, which culminated in the forced evacuation and incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast. Interviewed in their 80s and 90s, the three sisters are colorful and memorable characters, recalling stories of humor, hardship, and heartbreak.

The screening will be followed by a discussion between the filmmaker and Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Professor of the Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley, and Michael Omi, Associate Professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Included with museum admission.

Due to high demand for this program, we have arranged for an overflow space adjacent to the Tateuchi Democracy Forum and are now accepting additional RSVPs.

NOTE: Check-in and seating for the program will begin a half hour before the show, at 1:30 p.m. At 1:45 p.m., all remaining seating in the Forum will be first come, first served, regardless of any RSVPs. Once Forum seating is filled, an overflow seating will be opened up in an adjacent space with a live-feed of the audio and video of the program.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, February 24, 2018
2:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion—Our Man in Tokyo (The Ballad of Shin Miyata)


Join us for the premiere screening of a new documentary film exploring the struggles and obsessions of Shin Miyata, a Tokyo–based record label owner, music promoter, and cultural ambassador who has been distributing Chicano music and bringing East Los Angeles bands to Japan for nearly 20 years.

The film explores Miyata’s personal connection to East LA, the joys and difficulties of introducing authentic and diverse representations of Chicano culture to Japan, and the conscious efforts Miyata has made to break stereotypes on both sides of the Pacific.

Directed by Akira Boch, Our Man in Tokyo is a production of JANM’s Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center. Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Miyata, who is flying in from Tokyo for this event, Boch, and the members of El Haru Kuroi, an East LA trio whose unique compositions draw from their upbringing in the city as well as elements of Mexican, South American, African, and American jazz music. El Haru Kuroi will also perform a live set.

Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, February 10, 2018
2:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion—Resistance at Tule Lake


This new documentary from director/producer Konrad Aderer tells the long-suppressed story of 12,000 Japanese Americans who dared to resist the US government’s program of mass incarceration during World War II. Giving voice to experiences that have been marginalized for over 70 years, the film challenges the nationalist, one-sided ideal of wartime “loyalty.” Panel with the filmmakers will follow the screening.

Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

You can read two interviews with Konrad Aderer about his film on Discover Nikkei:




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