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Tadashi OgawaBy Tadashi Ogawa
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Tadashi OgawaBy Tadashi Ogawa
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About

The Story

Kiska and Attu Island, which are the part of Aleutian Islands in the Northern Pacific Ocean. Covered by the dense fog almost all the year around, this two islands are the only American territory which had been occupied by Japan during WWII. Though more than 6000 people have lost their lives here, not so many people know this fact these days and called this incidents “Forgotten War”. To make this “Forgotten War” unforgettable, this film follows the path of this war, finds the untold story left behind and also shines a light on those people whose life had changed forever.

Details of the film

Kiska : Torn apart by war, united by the gifts of the flower of Kiska Island.

Chiyo Shinoda treasured the wilted flower that her husband sent her from far across the Pacific Ocean at the height of WWII. It was enclosed in a letter he sent from Kiska Island, Alaska in the summer of 1942. Her husband, Isamu Noguchi, then 37, was a captain of a crew of 81 aboard Japanese submarine chaser Number 27, stationed in Japan-occupied Kiska. Eight days later, he and his crew were killed there. Sixty-seven years had passed when, in January 2009, his 98-year-old war-widow Chiyo received another Kiska flower by mail at her Japanese home. An attached note read, “from the sons of Catherine Abele.” It was later found that “the sons of Catherine Abele” are the bereaved family of U.S. submarine Grunion that sunk Isamu’s ship off the coast of Kiska Island. How did such thing happen after nearly 70 years passed since the end of the war? This curious question leads to some incredible stories about two families both Japanese and American, whose fate were entwined by the deaths of the men in their families, fighting on opposite sides of the deadliest military conflict in history.

Attu : The photographer’s journey to Attu Island.

In June 1942, Mr. Kira Sugiyama, photographer who landed on Attu Island with the Imperial Japanese Army had filmed the moment of occupation. He had also captured precious scenery of Attu, such as the beautiful flowers and some Aleuts who had lived on this island back then. These Aleut people had been taken to Japan as war prisoners and have never been able to come back to their island since.

And this June, Mr. Masami Sugiyama, the disciple of Kira Sugiyama (same surname but no relations), will visit Attu Island to take pictures of the Attu flower, just like his mentor did over 70 years ago. He will also try to meet some bereaved family of Aleut people to show the photos that were taken by him and his mentor for the fist time ever.

We will follow this photographer’s journey and shine a light on Aleut People who lost their homeland by this forgotten war on the Aleutian.

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Current Status

We have already landed on Kiska and Attu Island and visited other locations such as Boston, L.A. and many cities across Japan from May to July, 2017. We have also finished all the shooting and now been in editing process. So this kickstater is to help with our post-production to complete this film. The funding we are about to raise for this kickstarter will go directly towards the costs of post-production.

Post-production will include editor fees, studio fees, color correction, title desigh, footage licensing, recording and editing narration, post sound mix and design, and score composition and recording fees.
Distribution and screenin, Marketing and festival entrance fees.

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