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Spring, 1942: F.D.R. signs executive order 9066, and more than 110,000 Japanese Americans, most of them U.S... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Amy Hill ... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gordon Hirabayashi ... Himself
Fred Korematsu ... Himself
Min Yasui ... Himself

Directed by
Steven Okazaki 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Laura Ide 
Jane Kaihatsu 
Steven Okazaki 
Kei Yokomizo 

Produced by
Jane Kaihatsu .... associate producer
Steven Okazaki .... producer
Cinematography by
Steven Okazaki 
Film Editing by
Steven Okazaki 

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Unfinished Business: The Japanese-American Internment Cases" - USA (long title)
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USA:58 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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References Above Suspicion (1943)See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
How has this been overlooked after all these years?, 6 March 2010
Author: zoso8_thegreat from Canada

Just by chance did I get a hold of this documentary from my video store, and I was quick to pick it up once I noticed the subject matter.

It follows the telling of the Japanese-American internment camps during WWII, and the rise to action, by the 'sansei' (3rd generation Japanese-Americans) 40 years later, to bring legal restitution for the victims.

Namely, there were 3 pivotal figures that represented the totality of victims, headed by Fred Korematsu. Himself, along with others, acted in defiance to the imposed curfews and detainments, and eventually was arrested and sentenced without question.

40 years later, with ample video, photo and written documentation, a legal team of 3rd generation Japanese-Americans lead a new tribunal hearing to correct these historical wrongs.

Notwithstanding the fact that the film is dry and mild as it moves along, it is undeniably stunning in its revelations and profoundness. To not only pose culpability on part of the American government, similar occurrences took place in Canada as well. Being a Canadian citizen myself, I cannot stress enough the importance of such historical injustices, and am equally as frustrated with the lack of awareness to them.

This film should be a North American curricular standard in high school classes, and should not be neglected. Considering this was nominated for an Academy Award, one would think it would sustain such attention over the years. I hope it does.


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