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I'll Remember April (2000)

Four young boys find a shipwrecked Japanese sailor during World War II and struggle with the decision to save him.


Bob Clark


Mark Sanderson

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat Morita ... Abe Tanaka
Trevor Morgan ... Duke Cooper
Pam Dawber ... Barbara Cooper
Haley Joel Osment ... Peewee Clayton
Mark Harmon ... John Cooper
Yuji Okumoto ... Matsuo Yomma
Richard Taylor Olson Richard Taylor Olson ... Tyler Walker
Yuki Tokuhiro Yuki Tokuhiro ... Willy Tanaka
Diana Tanaka ... Kimiko Tanaka
Paul Dooley ... Earl Schimmel
Troy Evans ... Chief Harrigan
Jay Ingram ... FBI Savage
Christopher Kriesa ... FBI Reeve
Eugene Osment ... Deputy
Heather Ehlers Heather Ehlers ... Mary Franklin


Four young boys find a shipwrecked Japanese sailor during World War II and struggle with the decision to save him.

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Drama | Family | War


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Release Date:

5 April 2001 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Il ricordo di un aprile See more »


Box Office


$1,800,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Regent Entertainment See more »
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Did You Know?


According to an interview on The Tonight Show, Michael Cera also tried out for the part of Peewee. See more »


The Japanese sailor gets taken away by the Tanaka family hidden under a tarpaulin. The tarpaulin is roped and the load is well distributed in the back of their truck. When the two boys, Duke and PeeWee, cycle after the truck, you can see that the load is skewed and the rope is in a different position. See more »

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Beautiful film, these other comments don't do it justice
11 August 2004 | by tabi_mayaSee all my reviews

Being a Japanese-American myself, I must say that PRACTICALLY every comment on here is pointless or doesn't do this film justice. Especially, the one from the perv talking about having sex with and under-aged boy!!! ERASE THAT COMMENT! I cannot believe IMDb even posted such a comment! And who cares about the details, like the military truck driving around. This is not meant to be a historically accurate movie... it's the story and message that's important.

The movie was so touching and showed how, inspite of what was going on, not all people are bad because they're associated with a certain people. This is a message we can especially take into consideration now. It also showed the beautiful innocence of children and how they might be just as quick to judge, which is only because it's a trait learned from adults, but they let doing the right thing matter more. Something we as adults can learn a lesson from. There was a particularly sad portion of the story dealing with the internment camps. It brought the situation into a whole new light and showed how, I'm sure, it really was for some... People you grew up with your whole life, who were born and raised in America forced to leave their homes, friends, and jobs. What the Japanese did was wrong, yes. But the Americans bombed whole cities full of innocents with aftermath that killed for years. Plus, they stole the freedom of their own, in their own country, just because they were of Japanese descent. It's a heart-wrenching piece of history told in a story that anyone can relate to, not just those who were in the military. Highly recommended. 9 out of 10 only because the flow or editing of events was a little choppy.

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