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Barry Rosenbush, the Emmy-winning producer behind the High School Musical phenomenon, delves once again deep into the heart of America with this heartfelt family drama set against the true story of a community in crisis in a World War II Japanese-American internment camp. Their loyalties questioned, their freedom suspended and their lives interrupted, numerous American families of Japanese descent were forced to live in internment camps. Unshakeable in their patriotism, they turned to the most American of sports -- baseball -- as an escape from their hardship.]]>
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Lyle Nomura (Aaron Yoo) is so American he plays jazz saxophone. He also loves baseball and was going to go to college on a baseball scholarship when Pearl Harbor ended that dream. The Nomura family ends up in the Topaz Relocation Center near Abraham, Utah, and like the rest of the prisoners (they are called that in the film and not detainees) they try to make a new life in the camp. His brother Lane (Leonardo Nam) gets out of the camp by joining the Army and going off to fight in Europe for the country that has put his family in a camp. Their father, Kaz (Masatoshi Nakamura), loves baseball as much as he loves America and he sets up a league in the camp.
Top billing in the film goes to Gary Cole as Billy Burrell, a guard at Topaz who is hard hitting catcher for the local semi-pro baseball team (I understand Cole is the "big name" in the cast, but he should have gone with an "and" credit at the end).Read more ›
I have shared the movie with others at my office who have shared it with their children. All of whom have enjoyed it.
"son of a bitch" (about 15 min.)
"bullshit" (about 18 min.)
"I don't give a damn who wins or loses." (20 min)
"I've become a God damn babysitter." (33 min.)
"Please go eat a big pile of shit." (34 min.) This was actually spoken in Japanese and subtitled in English.
"bullshit" (37 min.)
"Who the hell does he think he is - thinking he cold play baseball" (38 min.)
"Sit your ass down." (1:02 min.)
"I sure as hell ain't doing no haircut." (1:36 min.)
It's a shame, because it's a wonderful movie and there's nothing else out there like it. Again, if there were only one or two instances of this language in the movie (or if "bullshit" were the strongest thing), it would not be that much of a problem. But this occurs so frequently that it just didn't work with a class of 6th through 8th graders.
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This internment camp story is somewhat interesting, however, the quality of 3 new DVD copies we ordered as library donation and gifts is most disapppointing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dawn Fraser Kawahara
If you read Uchida's book Desert Exile before watching this movie it gives you better details of how life was for the Japanese Americans in internment camps.Published 2 months ago by Carolina Rios
This a well-written and well-acted film about what it was like "being Japanese" in the USA in 1941-1946. A history lesson for all.Published 2 months ago by Lynn Smith
I was looking for a movie about Japanese-American internment camps during WW II to show to my high school students. My students really enjoyed watching it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Roostermom
Used in 8th grade classroom as an introduction to our research paper on the Japanese internment during WWII. Read morePublished 9 months ago by SusanP
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