The creators of Visas and Virtue (1997) (1997 Academy Award Winner, Best Live Action Short Film) bring you another important historical narrative. This dramatic film, set in a Japanese ...
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The creators of Visas and Virtue (1997) (1997 Academy Award Winner, Best Live Action Short Film) bring you another important historical narrative. This dramatic film, set in a Japanese American internment camp during the World War II, explores one family's experience and examines the sacrifices and triumphs of those who endured and survived through perseverance, courage, and the all-American game of baseball. During World War II, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, ordering the forced removal and incarceration of all people of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast. These people, most of whom were American citizens, were taken from their homes and sent to "relocation" camps in desolate, isolated areas. These camps were surrounded by barb wire and guard towers. There were no charges, nor due process. The internment of 120,000 innocent people was a dark moment in the history of this country. Written by
To more accurately portray a story of imprisonment, director Chris Tashima wanted to include images of the guard towers that were a prominent historical element of the relocation centers. However, constructing a 40-foot tower was proving to be too expensive. To save time and resources, only the "Booth" section was fabricated, then raised on a construction scissor-lift, to give it the proper height for filming. The lift was replaced with CGI "Legs" in post-production. Also, at the suggestion of John Esaki, a 1/4-scale model was built. The model is featured in one shot in the film, and on the movie poster. The same model has also subsequently appeared in other films: Esaki's Stand Up for Justice (2004) and The Manzanar Fishing Club (2012). See more »