JANM to Screen ‘Farewell to Manzanar’


The late Nobu McCarthy stars as Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston's mother, Misa, in "Farewell to Manzanar."

“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.)


1 Comment

  1. It would be nice if Janm could celebrate something other than the Japanese internment, or fluffy J-Pop Culture. Japanese culture has contributed a lot more to the American landscape and the world than a worship of victimhood, which is in fact, an entirely American idea. For years, this museum has been dedicated to a victimhood competition with other such museums, around town. How about showing something positive beyond kokeshi dolls, a mediocre Japanese-American artist and a constant flow of wallowing in WW2 grievances.

    Maybe then Japanese culture in the US would begin to flourish again, instead of constantly being made ashamed of itself.

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