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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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Regent Entertainment See more »
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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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A cracked curio...

Interesting indie that barely got released anywhere (and probably was slapped crudely onto disc to capitalize on the sudden fame of one of it's juvenile players...despite being the focus of cover art and billing Haley Joel Osment has a supporting role...and looks to be a bit younger and a LOT blonder than he was in "The Sixth Sense" and he is NOT prominently featured here.).

Well meaning and at times moving depiction of broken lives of about to be interred American born Japanese descended citizens is rather uncomfortably with far fetched fantasy of 4 boys becoming best buddies with a wounded and stranded Japanese sailor. Some very good work from a surprisingly strong cast hints that this could have been a quite interesting film with a better detailed script and a much bigger budget...(the film as it stands seems about four fifths finished with a temp track score and a very strangely shot ending).

If you do pick it up on disc as a curio (thank you for offering it DAEDELUS BOOKS!) I would strongly advise NOT watching the trailer before seeing the film...It gives away about ninety per cent of the plot!

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