What Did You Do in the War, Mama? Kochiyama's Crusaders (2018)

| 2018 (USA)
This film honors The Crusaders. Led by budding activist, Yuri Kochiyama, women incarcerated in WWII Japanese American internment camps launched a letter-writing campaign to boost the morale of Japanese American soldiers.



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Updated: 19 January 2018
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Credited cast:
Ruth Hirose Ishizaki ... Herself
Rinko Enosaki ... Herself
Patricia Goto Takeshita ... Herself
... Actor - Reads Letter from a Soldier (voice)
Jean Franco ... Actor performs monologue adapted from letter of Japanese American soldier
Ariel Labasan ... Herself - Interviewee
Chanelle Yang ... Herself - Actress plays the role of Mary Nakahara in 2009 stage performance.
Jean Franco ... Soldier
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Darrell Kunitomi ... Himself - Emcee - Manzanar Pilgrimage
Yuri Kochiyama ... Herself
Marlan Warren ... Herself
Madlon Yamamoto Arai ... Herself - Manzanar Pilgrimage
Karen Koremitsu ... Herself - 2013 Manzanar Pilgrimage


Octogenarian Japanese American women recount their participation in the World War II women's correspondence campaign known as "The Crusaders" that was launched behind the barbed wire of the World War II American "internment camps." Led by budding human rights activist and future Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Yuri Kochiyama (née "Mary Nakahara"), these young women embarked on a war effort to boost the morale of Japanese American soldiers with cheerful, often humorous letters. Scenes from a play about The Crusaders ("Bits of Paradise" by Marlan Warren) are interwoven with the actual women recalling their memories. Written by Marlan Warren

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Circumstances do not make heroines, they merely unveil them to the eyes of men.



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Release Date:

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$100,000 (estimated)
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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Playwright/Filmmaker Marlan Warren had a difficult time finding out how to directly contact Yuri Kochiyama. Two days before "Bits of Paradise" opened at The Marsh in San Francisco, someone told her to "just go to the San Pedro Hotel in Oakland." Warren took actor Jean Franco with her, and he ended up performing a monologue from the show for a very surprised Yuri in her room. See more »


References Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice (1993) See more »

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