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Under the Blood-Red Sun (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family, History | 14 September 2014 (USA)
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December 7, 1941 - On a Sunday morning, TOMIKAZU (TOMI) NAKAJI and his best friend BILLY DAVIS are playing baseball in a field near their homes in Hawaii when the Japanese launch a surprise... See full summary »


Tim Savage


Graham Salisbury (as Graham Sandy Salisbury)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyler Ki Sakamoto ... Tomikazu 'Tomi' Nakaji
Kalama Epstein ... Billy Davis
Dann Seki ... Grampa
Autumn Ogawa ... Mama Nakaji
Wil Kahele ... Charlie
Chris Tashima ... Papa Nakaji
Bryce Moore ... Keet Wilson
Mina Kohara ... Kimi Nakaji
Benen Weir ... Jake Davis
Aidan James ... Rico
Marco Lopez ... Mose
Howard Bishop ... FBI Agent (as Howard W. Bishop)
Shiro Kawai ... Sanji
Tom Holowach ... Mr. Wilson
Lisa Barnes ... Mrs. Wilson


December 7, 1941 - On a Sunday morning, TOMIKAZU (TOMI) NAKAJI and his best friend BILLY DAVIS are playing baseball in a field near their homes in Hawaii when the Japanese launch a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. As Tomi looks up and recognizes the Blood-Red Sun emblem on the fighter planes, he knows that his life has changed forever. Soon, his father and grandfather, both Japanese Americans, are arrested and taken to internment camps. His mother loses her job because she is Japanese. Although Tomi feels frightened and ashamed of his native land, he is quickly forced to become the man of the family. "Under the Blood-Red Sun" is an unforgettable tale of courage, honor, survival and friendship. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Family | History | War


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Release Date:

14 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Oahu, Hawaii, USA

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Before he was a successful novelist, Graham Salisbury was a rock n roll singer/songwriter and musician. In the late 1960s, he went by the name Sandy Salisbury, and was a member of the band, The Millennium, prior to a brief solo career. See more »


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Uneven but historically important
15 July 2017 | by tlyoung88See all my reviews

Terrific performances from veteran local and mainland actors Tashima, Ogawa, Seki and Kahele. Admittedly, it feels at times their pidgin English is sometimes compromised. "Like dat" instead of "li'dat." But this film dramatizes a historically important event, from a unique perspective, that of a Japanese American child. Though I would have liked to have seen him become more rebellious, and experience the consequences of his actions, his character arc was weakened because of this. Further, it appears that there were no consequences to his actions. I would have liked to see him put through the ringer more.

I wasn't crazy about the child actors, especially the "cutesy" JA girls, who were only there for window dressing. My own experience with child actors in Hawaii is that they can't seem to get out of their musical theater training. Ki Sakamoto is believable and improves as the film progresses, but the script was weak and felt like a foreigner's perspective.

I could nitpick on odd inconsistencies, like Kahele's character telling the family not to speak Japanese when they never do in the first place. Or the boys that don't contribute much to the story and don't even play baseball.

You can tell which kids were raised not to speak pidgin.

But overall, what Tim Savage and D.P. Shawn Hiatt can do in re-creating 1941 Hawaii without a multi-million dollar budget was very impressive.

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