Crossroads in Nihonmachi (film)

Title Crossroads in Nihonmachi
Date 2006
Director Adrianne Anderson; Tony Sondag
Producer Adrianne Anderson; Tony Sondag
Starring Paul Osaki (interviewee); Bobby Okamura (interviewee); Mike Tsukahara (interviewee); Charlie Toyooka (interviewee); Don Tamaki (interviewee); Karen Kai (interviewee); Sumi Honnami (interviewee); Judy Hamaguchi (interviewee); George Yamasaki (interviewee); Mary Beth Pudup (interviewee); Mickey Imura (interviewee); David Erickson (interviewee); Shiz Seigel (interviewee); Scott Bullock (interviewee); Yayoi Tsukahara (interviewee); Helen Sause (interviewee); Judy Nihei (interviewee); Mas Ashizawa (interviewee); Kaz Nakamoto (interviewee); Bruce Oka (interviewee); Sue Shimamoto (interviewee); Hiko Shimamoto (interviewee); Steve Ishii (interviewee); Bobby Okamura (interviewee); Allen Okamoto (interviewee); Rev. Lloyd Wake (interviewee)
Cinematography Tony Sondag; Ken Yamada
Editing Adrianne Anderson; Tony Sondag
Studio Urban Voice: Sharing Stories of Social Justice
Runtime 55 minutes
IMDB Crossroads in Nihonmachi

A 2006 documentary film by Adrianne Anderson and Tony Sondag about the redevelopment struggle in San Francisco's Japantown. As in other cities on the West Coast, plans for urban renewal disproportionately affected ethnic minorities including Japanese Americans, destroying or diminishing historical Japantowns after World War II. The film traces the history of San Francisco's Nihonmachi, focusing on the eviction of Japanese American residents of San Francisco's Nihonmachi starting in the 1960s—drawing parallels with the 1942 eviction of Japanese Americans under Executive Order 9066—and 1970s efforts by community members to halt evictions and preserve and reclaim the community and its history. The film covers the 100th anniversary celebration of the community in 2006, while also noting the continuing threats it faces.

Authored by Patricia Wakida

For More Information

Official website:

"Japantown's 'Crossroads' on Film." Asian Week, Dec. 8, 2006.