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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, and Henry Yasuda, a longtime JANM volunteer and American-born citizen who was attending school in Japan when World War II broke out. Yasuda was separated from his family, who were immediately incarcerated after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and had to rebuild his family’s assets when the war was over.

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

Learn more about the film and the filmmakers on Discover Nikkei.

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 the only known remaining portions of the historic film by the Academy Film Archive.

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

Learn about how this rare film was saved in this post on the JANM Blog!

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, 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.

Learn more about this film on Discover Nikkei.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
7:00 PM

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo presents Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

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This program is sold out.

Big Trouble in Little China (1986), whose title inspired that of this film series, is an action-adventure film set in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Kurt Russell plays a truck driver who gives a ride to a friend and suddenly finds himself embroiled in a supernatural battle between good and evil.

Directed by John Carpenter, the film received mixed reviews when first released but has since become a cult classic. Rated PG-13. Q&A with writer Gary Goldman and actors George Cheung, Peter Kwong, Al Leong, Gerald Okamura, James Hong, Jeff Imada, James Lew, and Lia Chang to follow screening.

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.

Sunday, March 22, 2015
1:30 PM

Wa-Shoku: Beyond Sushi

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Japanese cuisine is familiar to diners all over the world today. Wa-Shoku: Beyond Sushi is the story of the men who dedicated their lives to spreading wa-shoku (Japan’s traditional foods) throughout the world. Featuring Noritoshi Kanai, Chairman of Mutual Trading Co., Inc.; Nobu Matsuhisa, chef/owner of Nobu restaurants; Katsuya Uechi, chef/owner of Katsu-ya group; Yoshihiro Murata, chef/owner of Kyoto Kikunoi; Shige Nakamura, a ramen master; and many more. Wa-Shoku: Beyond Sushi is produced by United Television Broadcasting Systems/Film Voice and directed by Junichi Suzuki.

$8 JANM members, $10 general.

On arrival, please check in with the front desk staff at the main entrance to pick-up your ticket or to purchase tickets (upon availability). Ticket does not include admission to Common Ground: The Heart of Community or Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty.

For more information, please check the Wa-Shoku website.

Sunday, March 22, 2015
3:45 PM

Wa-Shoku: Beyond Sushi

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Japanese cuisine is familiar to diners all over the world today. Wa-Shoku: Beyond Sushi is the story of the men who dedicated their lives to spreading wa-shoku (Japan’s traditional foods) throughout the world. Featuring Noritoshi Kanai, Chairman of Mutual Trading Co., Inc.; Nobu Matsuhisa, chef/owner of Nobu restaurants; Katsuya Uechi, chef/owner of Katsu-ya group; Yoshihiro Murata, chef/owner of Kyoto Kikunoi; Shige Nakamura, a ramen master; and many more. Wa-Shoku: Beyond Sushi is produced by United Television Broadcasting Systems/Film Voice and directed by Junichi Suzuki.

$8 JANM members, $10 general.

On arrival, please check in with the front desk staff at the main entrance to pick-up your ticket or to purchase tickets (upon availability). Ticket does not include admission to Common Ground: The Heart of Community or Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty.

For more information, please check the Wa-Shoku website.

 

 

 

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