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Mon Jun 25, 2012, 06:42 PM

Documentary shows wartime plight of Japanese-Hawaiians

By TOMOKO TAKAKI/ Staff Writer

KAMAKURA, Kanagawa Prefecture--When Hiroyuki Matsumoto won a Best of Hawaii prize at the Honolulu Film Awards festival this spring, he felt a sense of disappointment.

"I should not have created the film all by myself," Matsumoto, 47, said he thought at the time.

Besides being the director of the award-winning documentary "Go for Broke! Memories of Hawai'ian Japanese 'Niseis," Matsumoto conducted the interviews, filmed the shots, translated, edited, produced subtitles and was in charge of public relations.

The film is about the lives of second-generation Japanese-Americans who suffered discrimination during World War II because of their Japanese background, even though they were U.S. citizens born in Hawaii.


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