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Looking Like the Enemy

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They were American born and bred yet they had the face of the enemy. They shared the horror of war with other soldiers yet struggled with prejudice and discrimination alone—each according to external circumstances and their internal convictions.

Spanning generations and wars, Looking Like the Enemy is bold and daring exploration into the often horrifying yet always ironic predicaments faced by American soldiers of Asian descent who fought in World War II, the Korean, and Vietnam Wars.

Breaking a legacy of silence, eighteen veterans share tears, laughter, and gut-wrenching experiences that help fill in the gaps that official history has left out.

Produced in conjunction with the Fighting For Tomorrow: Japanese Americans in America’s Wars exhibition.

“The stories that these veterans tell create a portrait of war I have never seen before. I recommend that everyone see this film.” —Senator DANIEL INOUYE, World War II veteran

“The soldiers’ faces in your documentary enrich the facts with pathos and emotion that make history come alive…” —KAREN KUSHELL, Dreamworks

Release date: 1996

Production Credits:
Produced and Writeen by KAREN L. ISHIZUKA
With an original music score by DAN KURAMOTO.

52 minutes. Color.

Finalist Award, Houston International Film Festival, 1996
Bronze Carp Award, Seattle Asian A merican Film Festival, 1996
Festival Favorite, Kuala Lumpur International Film Festival, 1996

"Fighting for Tomorrow," Japanese American National Museum, 1995-1997
The Other America Film Festival, San Antonio, Texas, 1997
San Diego City College, California, 1997
Los Angeles Asian American International Film Festival, 1996
U.S. Embassy, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Asian American Film Festival, 1996 (Voted Festival Favorite by Audience)
Oral History Association Conference, Philadelphia, 1996
Kapiolani Community College, Oahu, Hawaii, 1996
Kauai Community College, Kauai, Hawaii, 1996

KIKU-TV, Honolulu, Hilo, Hawaii, 1996



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