Toyo's Camera: Japanese American History During WWII (film)

Title Toyo's Camera: Japanese American History During WWII
Date 2009
Director Junichi Suzuki
Producer Shinichirõ Okano; Junichi Suzuki
Writer Junichi Suzuki
Narrator George Takei
Music Kitaro
Cinematography Hideyuki Honma; Masashi Kobuchi
Editing Toru Mihara
Runtime 98 minutes
IMDB Toyo's Camera: Japanese American History During WWII

Feature length documentary by Japanese filmmaker Junichi Suzuki that was released in 2009 and was the first of a trilogy of movies by Suzuki on the Japanese American World War II experience. Though the film begins by telling the story of Issei photographer Toyo Miyatake and his photography of Manzanar, it proceeds to a provide a broad overview of the entire exclusion and incarceration experience, including the Redress Movement of the 1980s. A well-known feature film director in Japan, Suzuki moved to Los Angeles in 2001 and learned about the incarceration experience from a neighbor who had been held at Tule Lake. Toyo's Camera had a brief theatrical run in Los Angeles and was broadcast in Japan on BS Japan satellite television and the Japanese History Channel. Suzuki followed up Toyo's Camera with 442: Live with Honor, Die with Dignity (2010) and MIS: Human Secret Weapons (2012).

Authored by Brian Niiya

For More Information

Official site.

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