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Saturday, August 1, 2015
2:00 PM

Panel Discussion and Screening: Lil Tokyo Reporter: Sei Fujii's Fight for Nikkei Rights

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Lil Tokyo Reporter is a short film inspired by the true story of Sei Fujii, a community leader who looked out for the interests of Japanese American people in Southern California during the first half of the 20th century.

Fujii is best known for building the much-needed Japanese Hospital and for overturning the California Alien Land Law in 1952. Set during the Great Depression, the film shows Fujii using his radio program and newspaper to promote his community’s accomplishments and confront corrupt business practices.

Screening will be followed by a talk with John G. Tomlinson, retired Associate Dean of the USC Gould School of Law, and Superior Court Judge Bruce G. Iwasaki.

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

Purchase the Lil Tokyo Reporter DVD at the JANM Store.

Learn more about the legal struggle to build the Japanese Hospital in this biographical essay about Sei Fuji’s legal partner J. Marion Wright, written by his daughter Janice LaMoree, on Discover Nikkei.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
7:00 PM

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo presents Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle: Extreme Unrated Edition

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Directed by Danny Leiner, this raunchy 2004 comedy follows the life-changing (and mind-altering) journey of Korean American investment banker Harold (John Cho) and Indian American medical school candidate Kumar (Kal Penn).

Both underdogs, Harold and Kumar decide to spend what would have been an uneventful Friday night trying to satisfy an oddly intense urge for White Castle hamburgers. But finding a White Castle proves a difficult task, and the two friends wind up on an epic road trip.

Q&A to follow with the film’s writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg.

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.

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.

 

 

 

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