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Dave Tatsuno (1913–2006)

Dave Tatsuno was born on August 18, 1913 in San Francisco, California, USA as Masaharu Tatsuno. He was a director, known for Topaz (1945) and Return to the Valley (2003). He was married to Alice Okada. He died on January 26, 2006 in San Jose, California. See full bio »

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Topaz Director
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 1945 Topaz (Documentary)
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 1999 Snow Falling on Cedars (the producers wish to thank: Japanese American National Museum)
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 2003 Return to the Valley (TV Movie documentary)
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 2007 The War: Nisei Soldiers (TV Movie documentary)
 2006 Dave Tatsuno: Movies and Memories (TV Movie documentary)

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His acclaimed documentary "Topaz" was a home movie within an internment camp for Japanese-Americans during WWII. He was a businessman and department store manager a the time he and his family were interned at the Topaz Relocation Center in the Utah desert in 1942. See more »

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