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Sacramento Japanese Film Festival

Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church

6929 Franklin Blvd.

Sacramento, CA 95823


10th Annual

July 18-20, 2014 •  Crest Theatre

1013 K Street •  Sacramento



MacArthur’s Children


A Matter of Size


Twenty-Four Eyes

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Movie Trivia

A rare 1937 recording of the great child star, the late Shirley Temple. Ms Temple recorded these beloved nursery rhymes,Yuyake Koyake (Sunset Colors), and Kutsu ga Naru (Creaking Shoes), in Tokyo Japan during a promotion tour of her movie, DIMPLES. She was 8 years old, did not know Japanese, the accent is that of a Japanese child.


How did you become a documentary filmmaker?  I was an Art Director in an advertising agency.   I took classes in filmmaking.  Mrs. Judo:  Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful was my first full length feature film.

What brought you and Fukuda sensei (Japanese honorific term for teacher, master) together?  Around 2006, I read about Fukuda sensei in Oprah Winfrey’s magazine, O.  I found out that her Dojo (judo studio) was only two blocks from my home.  That was the beginning.


What was your biggest challenge as a filmmaker?  Raising the necessary funds.    The documentary begins in Japan.  It is very expensive to take a film crew to Tokyo.

Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful, has won international acclaim.  What, besides the film itself, is important to you?  The joy and inspiration of knowing Fukuda sensei.  She has been an inspiration to me.

The documentary is beautifully crafted.  How long did it take to make?  After I did the research, the film took four years to complete.

What is your next project?  One of my friend’s father played for the San Francisco Seal’s Baseball team and went to Japan in 1949 on a good will tour under the auspices of General Mac Arthur and the U.S. State Department. I’m doing the research now.

SJFF Interviews Film Documentarian Yuriko Gamo Romer


The BIG DAY OF GIVING begins Midnight May 6, 2014!

About 400 Sacramento Valley organizations plan to raise $1,000,000 during 24 hours on May 6, 2014. On that day, donors will make an on line donation to non-profit organizations.

The Sacramento Valley 2014 BIG DAY OF GIVING is part of the national campaign, GIVE LOCAL AMERICA. Nonprofit organizations in over 150 cities throughout the U.S. have raised millions of dollars from individuals who made on line contribution of $25 or more through the secured website: http://givingedge.guidestar.org

In the 2013 Arts Day of Giving, Sacramento Japanese Film Festival raised $6,576 during the 24 hour period. The 2013 Arts Day of Giving donors helped make it possible for Sacramento Japanese Film Festival  to donate 30% of 2013 film festival net profits to local and international charitable projects  and to secure an exceptional  lineup of Japanese movies for 2014.

Donate on line to Sacramento Japanese Film Festival on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.  Your gift will help us in our mission of bringing the best of Japanese Cinema to movie goers in the Sacramento region and beyond.   

Wakamatsu/Gold Hill Walk and Tour - American River Conservancy

Sunday, April 6, 2014

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

A historic tour led by American River Nature Center Docents. Includes springs, streams, wetlands, live oak forest, and the site of the 1869 Watamatsu Tea & Silk Farm. Space is limited. For reservations, call American River Nature Center, (530) 621 - 1124, or email julie@arconservancy.org.

See website for details:  Wakamatsu

Art of Gaman:

Arts & Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946

January 19 - May 11, 2014

The California Museum

1020 O Street, Sacramento, CA

A showcase of more than 120 artifacts made by Japanese Americans while interned at camps during WWII, this traveling exhibit explores the creativity and ingenuity of internees as well as the Japanese concept of gaman, or to endure the unbearable with patience and dignity.

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Uprooted!  Japanese Americans During WWII

The California Museum

1020 O Street, Sacramento, CA

The Museum's longest running exhibit, "Uprooted!" surveys a century of Japanese American history in California and features the personal stories of formerly interned Californians.

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~ On The Go ~

Japanese Art, Culture, and Events in the Sacramento Valley

“The Cat Who Chose to Dream”

Literacy and Learning Workshop

Sunday, April 5, 2014

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The California Museum

1020 O Street, Sacramento, CA

Explore the life and legacy of Jimmy Tsutomo Mirikitani, a native Sacramento artist incarcerated at Tule Lake during WWII, in this special literacy and learning workshop featuring a presentation of the book based on his art, “The Cat Who Chose to Dream” by author Dr. Loriene Honda followed by a screening of “The Cats of Mirikitani,” the 2006 documentary film detailing Jimmy’s experiences resulting from his incarceration during WWII, on Saturday, April 5. Scheduled activities include:

Presentation on “The Cat Who Chose to Dream” by author Dr. Loriene Honda from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Screening of “The Cats of Mirikitani,” a 2006 documentary film starring native Sacramento artist Jimmy Tsutomo Mirikitani from 12:30 to 1:45 PM

Book signing with Dr. Loriene Honda from 2:00 to 2:30 PM

Hands-on drawing & literacy activities for kids ages 5 & up from 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Self-guided tours of the Museum’s current exhibits including “Uprooted! Japanese Americans During WWII” and “The Art of Gaman: Arts & Crafts from the Japanese American Internment, 1942-1946” featuring a painting of Tule Lake by Jimmy Tsutomo Mirikitani from 10:00 am to 5:00 PM

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The Annual Free Community

Spring Screening

The Tale of Zatoichi

The Japanese Anti-Hero

Friday, April 25, 2014

7:15 PM

Sacramento Japanese

United Methodist Church

Free Admission

Join us at the Paper Craft Boutique and refreshments after the movie

It is the Meiji era. The power of the samurai has ended. Zatoichi, a blind, pudgy masseur, wanders from town to town. He is a top swordsman who hides a sword in a walking stick. His opponents underestimate him. This is their mistake. Zatoichi’s friend, Hirate, is a respected Ronin samurai. The two men are hired by rival Yakusa gangs and must fight each other. That fight is the climax of the film. Zatoichi is a 20th century hero in Japan. 26 Zatoichi movies were made in 27 years. The Tale of Zatoichi is the first and the most critically acclaimed of the series.   (1962, 96 minutes, Japanese with English subtitles)

Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church

6929 Franklin Blvd. Sacramento, CA  95823

Phone:  916-421-1017

Past Annual Free Community Spring Screening Movies

Photos courtesy of Criterion