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Visas and Virtue ()


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Europe, 1940. For thousands of Jews, a Japanese diplomat and his wife defy Tokyo and the Nazis, and offer visas, for life.

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 7 nominations.
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Cast

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Chiune 'Sempo' Sugihara
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Yukiko Sugihara
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Helena Rosen
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Nathan Rosen
Shizuko Hoshi ...
Narrator (Elderly Mrs. Sugihara)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Woman
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Brother
Martin Fontana ...
Man
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Cantor
Alan H. Friedenthal ...
Refugee #1
Eric Gugisch ...
German Officer
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Setsuko
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Brother
Noel Miller ...
Young Man
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Elderly Yuki
Kimberly Mungovan ...
Sugihara Baby
Richard Nakaoka ...
Sugihara child #1
Jack Newalu ...
Man at train station
Jimmy Paola ...
Student #2
Patricia Penn ...
Refugee #2
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Husband
Lindsay Reisman ...
Mother's Baby
David Russ ...
Elderly Man
Maria Stanton ...
Wife
Pamela Tretter ...
Mother
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Elderly Woman at Interview
Colm Wood ...
Student #1
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Elderly Sempo
Weston Yanagihara ...
Sugihara Child #2
Laura Bellin ...
Refugee at Fence (uncredited)
Luis Escamilla ...
Refugee at Train Station (uncredited)
Ray Faze ...
Refugee at Fence (uncredited)
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Refugee Approaching Fence (uncredited)
Elias Stimac ...
Rabbi in Waiting Room (uncredited)

Directed by

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Chris Tashima

Written by

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Tom Donaldson ... ()
 
Chris Tashima ... ()
 
Tim Toyama ... (play)

Produced by

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Chris Donahue ... producer
Irma Escamilla ... associate producer
Gail Kaneshiro ... associate producer
Tim Toyama ... executive producer

Music by

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Scott Nagatani

Cinematography by

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Hiro Narita

Film Editing by

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Irvin Paik

Editorial Department

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Nancy Inouye ... editing assistant
David C. Whitten ... lab timer (as David Whitten)

Production Design by

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Yuki Nakamura

Art Direction by

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Bob Renna
Ken Takemoto

Costume Design by

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Naomi Yoshida Rodriguez

Makeup Department

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Tony Danno ... key hair stylist
Christina Ma ... hair designer (as Christina Souza) / makeup designer (as Christina Souza)
Patricia Martínez ... makeup artist
Gustavo Sepulveda ... key makeup artist (as Gus Sepulveda)

Production Management

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Tricia Riordan ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Carl Lawrence Ludwig ... first assistant director
Joyce Mayeda-Jones ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Carolyn Arii ... draper
François Chau ... art department assistant
Luis Escamilla ... carpenter
Geri Infante ... property
Christopher Komuro ... graphic designer
Jennifer Mok ... greens person
Stephanie Pulcifer ... draftsperson

Sound Department

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Mark Choi ... supervising sound editor
Patricia Conaway Lamberti ... audio assistant
John Hammill ... boom operator
J. Stanley Johnston ... supervising sound editor
Julie Lucas ... audio assistant
Yehuda Maayan ... sound mixer (as Jehuda Maayan)
Drew Webster ... re-recording assistant
Richard Weingart ... re-recording mixer (as Rich Weingart)

Special Effects by

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Gerry Gregory Linsangan ... smoke effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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James Budak ... grip
Nina Chien ... second assistant camera
Masato Chikusa ... first assistant camera
Jeff Durling ... lamp operator
Shelley Eckart ... grip
Gayanne Fietinghoff ... still photographer
Martin Fontana ... lamp operator
Hiroyuki Fukuda ... assistant camera
Dusty King ... grip
Michael Lamont ... special photography
Brett Laumann ... gaffer
Loren K. Miyake ... dolly grip (as Loren Miyake)
Todd England Nicodemus ... grip
Marie Pedersen ... grip
Raman Rao ... lamp operator
Jonathan Tashima ... dolly grip

Casting Department

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Laura Bellin ... extras casting
Tim Toyama ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Michelle Boyd ... wardrobe intern
Melinda Howard ... costumer
Newton Kaneshiro ... costumer
Heather King ... wardrobe intern
Robin McMullan ... costumer
Patricia Pan ... wardrobe intern
Dori Quan ... costumer
Marilyn Tokuda ... costumer
Paulette Uris ... assistant costume designer
Theresa E. Yun ... wardrobe intern

Music Department

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Joel Iwataki ... music producer

Script and Continuity Department

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Elaine M. Adachi ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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John Halverson ... transportation captain

Additional Crew

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Robin Chen ... production assistant
Adrian Dell'Acqua ... production assistant
Susan Fukuda ... logo/graphic design
David Furumoto ... production assistant
Chandra R. Guyon ... assistant to the producer
Craig Honda ... production assistant
Bryan Hsuan ... production assistant
Noreen Imatomi ... production assistant
Radmar Agana Jao ... production assistant
Aubrey Jono ... production assistant
Kennedy Kabasares ... production assistant
Gail Kaneshiro ... craft service
Mona Kaneshiro ... craft service
Soji Kashiwagi ... production assistant / publicity writer
Satoshi Katada ... production assistant
Keiko Kawashima ... production assistant
Kurt Kuniyoshi ... production assistant
Masako Lucraft ... craft service
Lee Matsunami ... production assistant
Pablo Miralles ... production coordinator
Dennis Mukai ... one-sheet design/photography
Betty Muramoto ... production assistant
Kerrie Peterson ... computer graphics assistant
Andrew Saito ... production assistant
Reggie Sakurai ... production assistant
Albert Salvador ... fire safety officer
Greg Schenz ... legal advisor (as Gregory Schenz)
Robert Shinso ... production assistant
Natalie Topel ... development editor
Miranda Viscoli ... production secretary
Layne Wakuta ... production assistant

Thanks

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Wendy Cassidy ... Special Thanks: Stamps 'n' Such
John Coven ... the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance of
Ray Faze ... the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance of
Alan H. Friedenthal ... special thanks / the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance of
Paolo Greco ... special thanks: Primavera Restaurant
Nancy Hirami ... special thanks: Foto-Kem
V.V. Dachin Hsu ... the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance of
Hidenori Ichikawa ... the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance of
Meg Imamoto ... special thanks
Daniel Inouye ... the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance of (as Senator Daniel K. Inouye)
Saburo Ishihara ... special thanks: San Gabriel Nursery & Florist
John Kagawa ... special thanks: Fish King
Yutaka Kamimura ... special thanks: Bonsai Nursery
Soji Kashiwagi ... special thanks
Michael Komai ... the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance of
Gary Kuwahara ... the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance of
Michael Lamont ... special thanks
Harry Lewis ... special thanks (as Lee Utterbach)
Jenny Murano Lounibos ... special thanks (as Jennifer Fujii)
Linda Mabalot ... the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance of
Milton G. Mangum ... special thanks: Sony Pictures Studios
Nelson Mashita ... the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance of
Ann Masuda ... Special Thanks: House Ear Institute
Reiko Mathieu ... acknowledgements: Squaresville / the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance of
Steve Mathis ... special thanks
Janice Mayeda ... special thanks
Doug Morris ... special thanks: Cinnabar
Kyoko Motoyama ... special thanks
Michael Pacciorini ... special thanks: California State University, Long Beach
Jung Eun Park ... the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance of
Cathi Perez ... special thanks
Amar Sehwani ... special thanks: Trader Joe's, West Hollywood
Elias Stimac ... special thanks
Kiyo Tashima ... Special Thanks: Mise En Place
Bobby Umemoto ... producers gratefully acknowledge the valuable assistance of
Hanni Vogelweid ... the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance of
Bill Yoshiyuki Watanabe ... the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance of (as Bill Watanabe)
Mark Worister ... the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance of
Christine Yoo ... the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance of (as Chris Yoo)
Ben Yoshihashi ... special thanks: San Gabriel Nursery & Florist

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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. Written by Cedar Grove Productions

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Taglines A short film inspired by the true story of Chiune Sugihara See more »
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Also Known As
  • ビザと美徳 (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Висас и Вирту (Russia)
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  • 26 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Hanni Vogelweid (Sondheimer), who makes a "Special Appearance" as Elderly Woman at Interview, received a life-saving visa from Sugihara when she was 17 years old, which allowed her to escape Lithuania with her family in 1940. She helped with research for the film by sharing family photos and talking about her experience. She passed away in 2006. See more »
Goofs Although Shizuko Hoshi performed the scripted voice-over narration for the film (as an elderly Mrs. Sugihara), there are three lines of narration that are not her voice, but instead are spoken by Susan Fukuda (who plays younger Mrs. Sugihara). This was due to an error by the director, Chris Tashima, during post production. Tashima had always intended to have Hoshi provide narration throughout. During principal photography, sound mixer Yehuda Maayan recorded a temp track of Fukuda reading all of the voice over lines, so that editor Irvin Paik would have an audio track to cut with in editing. Later in post production, a recording session was arranged with Hoshi, and Tashima made a dialogue cue sheet of all the narration lines for Hoshi to record from. However, he missed three lines from the script. It was only discovered in final sound editing that the three lines were never recorded by Hoshi. With a completion date nearing, it was decided to go with takes from Fukuda's temp track (to save time). As it turns out, in the finished film, Tashima felt it actually works very well, since the three lines that are spoken by Fukuda are heard during the 1940 scenes in Lithuania (where Fukuda is also onscreen), and, as a more subtle audio transition, it helped the audience ease back into 1985 (when Hoshi is heard in closing narration). See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode dated 21 May 1997 (1997). See more »
Quotes Yukiko Sugihara: Even a hunter cannot kill a bird which flies to him for refuge.
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