Justice Betrayed (film)

Title Justice Betrayed
Date 1992
Director Gordon Lee
Producer Gordon Lee
Narrator Allicyn Hikida
Starring Sandra Takahata (interviewee); Eric Yamamoto (interviewee); Akira Otani (interviewee); Franklin Odo (interviewee); Tokushige Nakahara (interviewee); Mituse Nakahara (interviewee); Violet Ishii Hayashi (interviewee)
Music Nami Kaji
Cinematography Dayton Oshiro; Darin Akita
Studio Maneki Productions; Japanese American Citizens League, Honolulu Chapter
Runtime 30 minutes

Documentary film on the internment of Japanese Americans from Hawai'i produced in 1992 by the Honolulu Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). Justice Betrayed includes interviews with two Japanese Americans whose fathers were interned (Sandra Takahata, the daughter of artist George Hoshida, and Akira Otani, son of businessman Matsujiro Otani); Tokushige and Mitsue Nakahara, boat builder brothers who were themselves interned; and Violet Ishii Hayashi, a woman from originally from Hawai'i who was on the West Coast at time of the mass expulsion and incarceration and ended up at Poston; and legal scholar Eric Yamamoto and historian Franklin Odo. In addition to outlining the Hawai'i story, the film also covers Executive Order 9066 and the West Coast story as well as the issues with John DeWitt's Final Report that led to the corm nobis cases in the 1980s.

Produced and directed by attorney and Honolulu JACL board member Gordon Lee, Justice Betrayed was funded in part by a $4,500 grant from 'Ōlelo, the Corporation for Community Television. It debuted on local television on September 11, 1992.

Twenty years later, in 2012, a newer documentary, The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai'i updated the story.

Authored by Brian Niiya

For More Information

Santoki, Mark. "'Justice Betrayed: The Hawaii Story.'" Hawaii Herald, Sept. 4, 1992, A-9, A-14.