“Farewell to Manzanar,” a 1976 made-for-TV movie, will be shown on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central (at First Street) in Little Tokyo.
Based on the classic nonfiction book “Farewell to Manzanar” by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James Houston, copies of this film have never been made available to the public for 35 years.
A rarity for a Hollywood production, the movie featured Japanese and Japanese American actors, writer (Jeanne Houston co-wrote the script), cinematographer (Hiro Narita), composer (Paul Chihara) and crew.
The cast included Yuki Shimoda, Nobu McCarthy, Dori Takeshita, Mako, Pat Morita, James Saito, Momo Yashima, Frank Abe, Seth Sakai, Gretchen Corbett, and Lou Frizzell as himself.
Director John Korty and cast members Akemi Kikumura Yano (who later became president and CEO of JANM) and Clyde Kusatsu are scheduled to speak.
JANM has negotiated and paid for the rights to the film and will be begin selling copies on DVDs. This screening celebrates the “liberation” of “Farewell to Manzanar” with hopes that more people will gain a greater understanding of the Japanese American World War II experience through one family’s story.
Admission, which includes a copy of the DVD, is $25 for members, $30 for non-members.
To order tickets, call (800) 838-3006 or go online to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/202206.
For more information, call (213) 625-0414 or visit www.janm.org.
(Note: An Oct. 12 Rafu Shimpo article gave an incorrect date for the public screening. There is a screening on Saturday, Oct. 22, but it is not open to the public.)