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Saturday, September 26, 2009
2:00 PM—5:00 PM

Sumo East and West

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SUMO EAST AND WEST is a feature documentary about Westerners in the ancient Japanese sport of sumo. The film traces this cultural upheaval from sumo’s introduction to America by Japanese immigrants in the 19th century, through the success of US-born sumotori such as Akebono and Konishiki, to efforts to establish it as a popular sport in the US today.

Shot in Japan, Hawaii, Los Angeles, and Atlantic City, SUMO EAST AND WEST was directed and photographed by Ferne Pearlstein, winner of the 2004 Sundance Documentary Cinematography Prize for “Imelda.”

Former professional sumotori who rose through the ranks alongside Akebono and amateur sumo star, Wayne Vierra, to follow in special Q&A. The Sumo East and West DVD is available at the Museum Store.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Summer Film Festival: Crossroads: Boyle Heights

events/boyle100.gif To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center, the National Museum will continuously screen Crossroads: Boyle Heights.

This documentary was compiled from life histories of past and present neighborhood residents of Boyle Heights. It was originally produced for exhibition, BOYLE HEIGHTS: The Power of Place (2002), at the Japanese American National Museum.

55 min.

[Purchase a copy of Crossroads: Boyle Heights at the Museum Store Online]

This special showing will be screened at the Terasaki Orientation Theater.
Saturday, August 1, 2009

Summer Film Festival: Big Drum: Taiko in the United States

events/big_drum100.gif To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center, the National Museum will continuously screen Big Drum: Taiko in the United States.

Featuring America's pioneering taiko figures, this DVD documents the development of American taiko as presented in the National Museum's exhibition of the same name. It includes interviews and footage of drum-making and performances that reflect the ongoing transformation and diversification of this exciting performing art.

2 hrs

[Purchase a copy of Big Drum: Taiko in the United States at the Museum Store Online]

This special showing will be screened at the Terasaki Orientation Theater.
Thursday, July 16, 2009

Summer Film Festival: Top of Their Game

events/Top100.gif To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center, the National Museum will continuously screen Top of Their Game.

Top of Their Game profiles Japanese American athletes from three generations and nine different sports. Interviews, historical images and action footage reveal the behind-the-scenes stories of those who have risen to the “top of their game.”

Featured are Kristi Yamaguchi, Tommy Kono and Emerick Ishibawa, Wayne Miyata and Don Kadowaki, Judy Kikuta and Dusty Mizunoue, Wally Yonamine, Bob Kinjii Shibuya, Wat Misaka, Ann Kiyomura Hayashi, and Johnnie, Eric and Chad Morton.

62 min.

[Purchase a copy of Top of Their Game at the Museum Store Online]

This special showing will be screened at the Terasaki Orientation Theater.
Thursday, July 2, 2009

Summer Film Festival: Bento to Mixed Plate: Politics of Plate Lunch

events/bento100.gif To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center, the National Museum will continuously screen Bento to Mixed Plate: Politics of Plate Lunch.

Politics of Plate Lunch is a penetrating yet tender look beneath the “island paradise” stereotype to explore the inter-ethnic and generational complexities of contemporary Hawai‘i.

20 min.

This special showing will be screened at the Terasaki Orientation Theater.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Film Screening: On Paper Wings

events/Recovered_Balloon100.jpg On Paper Wings is the story of four Japanese women who worked on balloon bombs, the families of those killed in the U.S., and the man whose actions brought them all together forty years after WWII, and the balloon bomb project.

During WWII, the Japanese military developed a new weapon intended to strike directly at the American continent – the balloon bomb. Thousands of hydrogen-filled balloons were attached to bombs and then launched into the jet stream to drift toward North America.

When six civilians found a balloon bomb in Southern Oregon, the device exploded. They became the only people killed on the continental U.S. as the result of enemy action during WWII.

This is the story of four Japanese women who worked on balloon bombs, the families of those killed in Oregon, and the Japanese American man whose actions brought them all together forty years after WWII, and the balloon bomb project.

 

 

 

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