Asian Pop-Up Cinema is proud to present THE DOCUMENTARY EYE OF JUNICHI SUZUKI
In association with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Chicago
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of JCCC
Admission Free. Saturday, October 22nd, 12:30 pm - 5:30 PM (two documentaries plus Q&A with director and reception)
Thank you for your interest.
12:30 PM Opening Remarks
12:35- 2:15 PM Screening of 1st documentary: TOYO'S CAMERA
2:15 - 2:30 PM Intermission
2:30 - 4:10 PM Screening of 2nd documentary: 442 - LIVE WITH HONOR, DIE WITH DIGNITY
Followed by 20 minutes Q & A with director on stage moderated by prof. Ron Falzone of Cinema Art + Science of Columbia College Chicago (with interpreter Kenji Negi)
4:30 - 5:30 PM Wine Reception at the theatre lobby hosted by JCCC
NOTE: We reached full capacity per RSVPs received 48 hours before actual screening date/time. We subsequently requested standbys to come to the theatre at 12:15 PM tomorrow to waitlist for any last minute open seats on a F-C-F-S basis
TOYO'S CAMERA: JAPANESE AMERICAN HISTORY DURING WWII
(2009, 98 mins.)
Directed by Junichi Suzuki
Produced by United Television Broadcasting (UTB), Film Voice Inc., Tohokushinsha Film Corporation, and Day-Lee Foods Inc.
Using archival photographs which late Toyo Miyatake took at the World War II internment cap in Mojave desert of California, veteran filmmaker Junichi Suzuki creates the documentary film of daily lives of the Japanese and Japanese American internees of the Manzanar.
Toyo Miyatake was born in Zentuji, Kagawa Prefecture, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1909 to join his father. He became an established photographer in Los Angeles, associating with photographers such as Edward Westson and winning prizes in exhibitions including the 1926 London Intrnational Photography Exhibition
He smuggled a camera lens into the camp and constructed a camera body from wood. He took pictures secretly but eventually became the official photographer of the Manzanar War Relocation Center.
The pictures he took at the camp are historical records that show the plight of Japanese Americans' war experiences. In Toyo's Camera, close to 500 riveting photographs of the Japanese Americans internment come to life on the big screen.
The 30 individuals who were interviewed each share their deep, intimate stories, which brings more life to the photographs and archived footage. 20th century's famed photographers Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, are also uncovered in this film.
Accompanied music with the film were written and played by Kitaro, Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning artist.
442: LIVE WITH HONOR, DIE WITH DIGNITY (2010, 98 mins.)
Medal of Honor Recipient George Sakato said with tear, "I am not a hero. I just killed a lot of people. It's not good. This medal is for the people who couldn't return their homes, not for me." Even many soldiers who received the decoration still have deep scars in their hearts now. He is the veteran of 442nd Regimental Combat Team in WWII composed of Japanese Americans, who were at first seen as the problem because of their race, but later seen as problem solvers because of their splendid achievements on the battle field. They had to fight not only the enemy but also prejudice. This is the story of the 442nd and their veterans now and then.
Junichi Suzuki was born near Tokyo and graduated from The University of Tokyo in Ethnics major. Upon graduation, Suzuki began working for Nikkatsu, the oldest film studio in Japan. He gained experiences on many productions as an assistant director. As a director, he has directed large budget studio pictures as well as critically acclaimed masterpiece films. His credits include The Lonely Affair of the Heat (2002), Shoot in the Blue Sky (2001), Remembering the Cosmos Flower (1997), Sukiyaki (1995), Island Honeymoon (1991), and Shiro and Marilyn (1988).