Film and Television

‘Telling Stories’ shorts at Films of Remembrance spotlights little-known WWII episodes

The Nichi Bei Foundation will present the sixth annual Films of Remembrance Saturday, Feb. 25 at the New People Cinema, 1746 Post St. in San Francisco’s Japantown. Three short films, each telling the World War II incarceration experience through unique lenses, compose the “Telling Stories” shorts program at 12:15 p.m. For more information or tickets, […]

Arkansas ‘Relocation’: Film explores impact of camps on inmates’ children

In 1942, some 120,000 West Coast Japanese Americans were taken from their homes and imprisoned in concentration camps throughout the country. A film showing the impact of the incarceration on the children born to inmates in the Rohwer camp, or after the Arkansas camp closed down, will be shown in conjunction with the Day of […]

ENTERTAINMENT RE-ORIENTED: #Thiswas2016

“When the house is going up in flames, does what’s on the TV matter?” That’s the question I kept asking myself as I sat down to write this year-end column. In October, Michael Luo, then an editor for The New York Times, was accosted on the street by a woman yelling, “Go back to China!” […]

Film documents the legendary Mifune, ‘The Last Samurai’

There are few actors more deserving of a feature-length documentary than Toshiro Mifune. Yet none existed until filmmaker Steven Okazaki directed “Mifune: The Last Samurai” (80 minutes), which hits Bay Area theaters Friday, Dec. 9. The Academy Award-winning director of documentaries on subjects ranging from the stories of victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima […]

Mifune honored with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES — A ceremony was held Nov. 15 to unveil a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for the late Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune, who appeared in a number of films directed by Akira Kurosawa. “Next year will be 20 years since Mifune passed away and it is great to know that his […]

UNITED BY COMPASSION: Film premiere leads to historic meeting of descendants tied to heroic Japanese diplomat

At the dawn of World War II, Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese consul in Lithuania at the time, saved thousands of lives by going against his country’s wishes to issue transit visas to Jewish refugees trying to escape Lithuania. Descendants of three families of those survivors met Madoka Sugihara, the storied diplomat’s granddaughter, and Keisuke Sugihara, […]

Actor makes documentary on Japanese who helped Jews escape Holocaust

TOKYO — A London-based Japanese actor has created a short documentary film that sheds light on individuals who helped Jews escape from Nazi persecution as well as those who have worked to see that this history is passed on. “There was a Japanese diplomat who issued visas in defiance of the Japanese government to allow […]

Director of Japanese-Jewish heritage reflects on Japanese diplomat who saved Jewish refugees

Cellin Gluck is not your typical Japanese American. He was actually born in Wakayama Prefecture to a Jewish American father from New York, Jay Gluck, and a Japanese American mother, Sumi Hiramoto Gluck, who was born and raised in Lodi, Calif. His parents met in New York, years after his Nisei mother was incarcerated in […]

‘Kubo’ delivers an animated love letter to Japanese culture

“If you must blink, do it now,” instructs Kubo, a magical boy storyteller in the stop-motion adventure “Kubo and the Two Strings” to his rapt audience. In stop-motion animations, in the blink of an eye, 24 frames of film are shot. The time and dedication to take those shots for one second of film is […]

‘Star Trek Beyond’ identifies Sulu as gay

The Australian Herald Sun reported July 7 that John Cho, who portrays Hikaru Sulu in the reboot of the “Star Trek” films, revealed that his character is gay, a decision made by “Star Trek Beyond’s” director Justin Lin and writer Simon Pegg. The decision serves as a nod to George Takei, who originally played Sulu, […]

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