Northern California Premiere of ’99 Years of Love’


A scene from "99 Years of Love."

SAN FRANCISCO — The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California announces the Northern California premiere screening of “99-nen no Ai” (99 Years of Love), in Japanese with English subtitles.

In cooperation with Tokyo Broadcasting System, the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco and New People, the 10-hour screening will be held on five consecutive days from April 16-20, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Viz Cinema at New People, 1746 Post St. in San Francisco’s Japantown.

The Japanese-produced drama chronicles the struggle and perseverance of the Japanese American community in America over 99 years. This mini-series, which originally aired on TBS in November 2010, was watched by over 20 million viewers, nearly a fifth of Japan’s population, over five consecutive nights.

From the writer of the drama “Haru to Natsu” (Spring and Summer), Sugako Hashida’s epic tale spans a period of 99 years through the eyes of one family, beginning with the immigration of an Issei father to America and continuing with his Nisei son joining the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II. Commemorating the 65th anniversary of the end of the war, the drama depicts the Issei and Nisei generations’ spirit, strength and love.

“I believe that ‘99 Years of Love: Japanese Americans’ shares many similar values, stories and struggles of the JCCCNC’s own history — as the dream to build this center was a way to restore and preserve the Japantown community in San Francisco after the effects of World War II and the later acts of racism and prejudice against the Japanese American community,” states Paul Osaki, JCCCNC executive director. “San Francisco’s Japantown is the oldest in the United States and it is here where the hopes and dreams of the Issei first started in America.”

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, April 16: Episode 1, “America,” with opening program

Sunday, April 17: Episode 2, “Generations”

Monday, April 18: Episode 3, “Concentration Camp”

Tuesday, April 19: Episode 4, “The Japanese American Regiment”

Wednesday, April 20: Episode 5, “Reunited”

Free admission. Space is limited and RSVPs are required — no walk-ins. Attendees must be able to attend all five episodes. Call (415) 567-5505 to reserve seats.



  1. How can you make a movie about Japanese-Americans with no Japanese-Americans appearing in the movie? Only Japanese from Japan playing the roles of Japanese-Americans.
    In America, we are constantly bombarded with movies with Caucasians playing the roles of Japanese and Chinese (Kungfu). We see Chinese playing the role of a Japanese Geisha (Memoirs of a Geisha) . It shouldn’t surprise me to see a Japanese movie about Japanese-Americans with non-Japanese-Americans playing the roles of Japanese-Americans. Afterall, I even see movies with Japanese-Americans playing the role of Japanese (Karate Kid). It makes me sad.

  2. Yasuko Ashford on

    The English subtitles were an embarrassment on DVD. Very difficult to show to third and fourth generation Japanese-Americans and other interested parties.

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