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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.

Saturday, March 7, 2015
2:00 PM

Reiko's Hina Dolls

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This fictional film is based on the true story of a Canadian woman who managed to keep a collection of traditional Japanese dolls safe with her throughout the WWII incarceration process.

Free with museum admission.

Purchase the DVD at the JANM Store.

Learn more about the film in this interview with the filmmaker on Discover Nikkei.

Saturday, February 21, 2015
5:00 PM—6:00 PM

ADVANCE SCREENING: Our American Family: The Furutas

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FREE

The PBS series Our American Family looks at the ordinary families whose lives have made up the fabric of American life in the early 20th century. The newest episode will focus on the Furuta clan, who were pioneers in Orange County’s early farming community. The Furutas’ old farm and homestead, dating back to 1912, are still standing in modern-day Huntington Beach; known as Historic Wintersburg, it was named one of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places of 2014 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

JANM is proud to host an advance screening of the one-hour documentary, which features five generations of oral histories, archival photographs, and interviews with Furuta family members. The show brings the Furutas’ progress in America to vivid life, beginning with the arrival of Charles Furuta in America in 1900.

Members of the Furuta family (Norman Furuta, Ann Yonemura, and Jean Yonemura Wing) will participate in a panel discussion following the screening, along with Our American Family producer Michael Nolan, and author Mary Urashima.

To learn more about Historic Wintersburg, visit their blog. An excellent book about Historic Wintersburg is available at the JANM Store. The book’s author, Mary Adams Urashima, has also written several wonderful articles for Discover Nikkei.

 

 

 

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