Haunted by the sight of hundreds of Jewish refugees outside the consulate gates, a Japanese diplomat and his wife, stationed in Kaunas, Lithuania at the beginning of World War II, must decide how much they are willing to risk. Inspired by a true story, VISAS AND VIRTUE explores the moral and professional dilemmas that Consul General Chiune "Sempo" Sugihara faces in making a life or death decision: defy his own government's direct orders and risk his career, by issuing live-saving transit visas, or obey orders and turn his back on humanity. This Academy Award® winning 26-minute portrait gracefully captured in period black and white by noted cinematographer Hiro Narita poignantly pays tribute to the rescuer of 6,000 Jews from the Holocaust.
Cedar Grove Productions
A short film inspired by the true story of Chiune Sugihara
Did You Know?
The train departure sequence near the end of the film was shot on location at Travel Town, a historic train museum in Los Angeles' Griffith Park. During World War II, this area served as a detention center where Japanese Americans were falsely imprisoned for being suspected as dangerous "Enemy Aliens," solely based on their ethnicity. No Japanese in America were ever charged, tried or convicted of espionage during World War II. See more
In the train station scene, "Schlafwagen," written on the side of the train car, is misspelled. See more
Even a hunter cannot kill a bird which flies to him for refuge.
Referenced in Popcorn Zen: Episode #2.2