This film is the second installment of the Japanese American trilogy following “Toyo’s Camera – history during WW2.” The main staff is the same as the previous film, with veteran film director Junichi Suzuki, and the music score by Grammy winner and Golden Glove award winner Kitaro, and
others. UTB, a bilingual Japanese television station in the U.S., and Film Voice in Japan is proud to jointly produce this second installation of the trilogy in our effort to contribute to the Japanese American Community in Los Angeles.
442_Selected Kitaro’s Music
・ Heaven and Earth (from “Best of Kitaro Vol. 2“)
・ The Stone and The Green World (from “Spiritual Garden“)
・ Spirit of the West Lake (from “Impressions of the West Lake“)
・ Heaven and Earth (from “Daylight, Moonlight: Live in Yakushiji“)
・ Misty (from “Gaia“)
The film will be releasing from July in 2010.
442 Official website
During WWII, soldiers of the 442nd Infantry Regiment, composed mainly of Japanese Americans, fought not only the enemy, but fought prejudice, facing severe racial discrimination in their homeland. In these harsh times however, the 442nd became one of the most decorated regiments for its size and length of service in the history of the United States military.
This film aims to reveal the history of the 442nd Infantry Regiment that is relatively unknown to not only the Japanese but also Americans.
The 442nd was in an ironic predicament, fighting for a country that had branded them as enemies. However, these young men volunteered to fight and prove their loyalty as patriotic Americans, which defined their identity as they risked their lives for the cause.
In our portrayal of their agonizing battles, we ask Japanese citizens to reflect on the meaning of being Japanese, and what it means to love one’s country through the eyes of Japanese Americans soldiers in the 442nd Infantry Regiment.
The film will reveal the following: “relatively unknown Japanese American history,” “racial discrimination suffered by Japanese Americans,” “the meaning of war and peace that the young soldiers confronted in the midst of people killing and dying in the battlefield,” and finally, what is likely to be one of the final interviews with the 442nd veterans, who are now in their mid 80’s and 90’s to record the “personal history of the 442nd veterans.”