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Calendar, Night&Day A Trip to Paradox

A Trip to Paradox

Mike Ott’s moody micro-budget Littlerock patiently observes the California road trip of college-age Japanese siblings Atsuko (Atsuko Okatsuka, also the film’s co-writer) and Rintaro (Rintaro Sawamoto). En route to Manzanar, their car breaks down in the tiny desert town of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Postcards from the Edge

Postcards from the Edge

We Americans like our history writ large. Whether it’s Mount Rushmore ― giant presidents carved into a mountain ― or the Vietnam Veterans Memorial ― black walls speaking the names of our collective shame ― we want it out there.…
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Calendar, Night&Day The War at Home

The War at Home

The veteran Japanese director Junichi Suzuki has observed that most of his countrymen are unaware of the contributions — and sacrifices — of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Heck, so are plenty of Americans — we aren't exactly the most…
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