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Toyo's Camera (2009)

Toyo Miyatake , George Takei , Junichi Suzuki  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Toyo Miyatake, George Takei, George Aratani, Tetsu Asato, Masafumi Fukagawa
  • Directors: Junichi Suzuki
  • Producers: Junichi Suzuki, Erica Jones, Haruhiko Kanazawa, Hiroshi Hayashida, Masao Ohshima
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Passion River
  • DVD Release Date: January 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002V3AM2K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,160 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Toyo's Camera" on IMDb

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While bringing in cameras to interment camp was prohibited, one photographer smuggled in his own camera lens and built a camera to take photographs of life behind barbed wires. Thant man was photographer Toyo Miyatake. Through an artistic medium, Miyatake captured the devastating conditions during WW2, when Japanese Americans could not belong to Japan or America. Narrated by "Star Trek's" George Takei.

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5.0 out of 5 stars very well done November 29, 2012
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A documentary which details the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII. Emphasizes photos by Toyo Miyatake taken at the Manzamar Internment Camp, but also has photos at Manzamar by Ansel Adams as well as footage from films taken at the time plus current interviews of internees, George Takei and others. Would highly recommend this DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Toyo's Camera - History in the making December 7, 2013
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Really love this documentary, The Photographer Toyo A masterful Genius in capturing the Human Condition, and the way how he used, and had his camera made. Very Creative. I wish that the PBS channels would aired this than Sue Orman, It was very emotional, and and ashamed to admit that how the US Military & powers of the US Government at that time to be to intern US Citizens to these camps, Sure we had German Spies, and Yes their were Spies from Russia too during World War II.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a little slow, lack of details. October 30, 2012
I am surprised that I am the first one who is writing a review for this film after entire three years!

Overall, this film is a little slow to watch. It shows a lot of photos. I think that it would be nice if they ask those people to tell us what those adults, children do in the camps everyday. And they could have also told us stories of other japanese who lived in other camps, what their lives were like, etc. They could have gone beyond those photos, and gone into details, such as if the children can get books to learn, did they have their own schools, were those people allowed to go to hospitals if they were very sick, etc?

In its extra, it has a cartoon about the history. It is a little offensive when they used slanted eyes to portrait chinese. It listed four wrong things that the USA government did, it included the japanese camps, but they didn't think that that fact that Chinese were also racially discriminated, banned from immigrating to the USA was one of the wrong things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent photo history June 24, 2011
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This was a wonderful look into history through the eye of a camera. It brought you right into the camp and lets you try to feel what it was like.
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