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TITLE: Hollywood and the Yellow Threat
Director: Clara and Julia Kuperberg

Genre: Film Documentary

Format: HD

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Company: Wichita Films

Runtime: 52' minutes.

ID: 385.

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SYNOPSIS

 

The attack on Pearl Harbor on the 7th of December 1941 changed the world forever. The United States entered WW2. More than 110,000 citizens of Japanese origin were rounded up and dispatched to camps until the end of the war. Hollywood was quick to react with films from OBJECTIVE BURMA to THE BRIDGE ON RIVER KWAI and THE STORY OF GI JOE to KNOW YOUR ENEMY: JAPAN. Already in 1941 Warner, who were manipulating the public opinion in favour of entering the war, had released DIVE BOMBER with Errol Flynn. It showed very clearly that America was threatened from the Pacific region. In almost all of these films the enemy is vilified, we see particularly ugly Japanese in THE FIGHTING SEABEE. With the arrival of the Cold War the enemy image had to change quickly and Hollywood obliged. This is well explained in Naoko Shibusawa´s book “The Geisha Ally”. Clara and Julia Kuperberg found the right interview partners in Joseph McBride, film critic, Nancy Wang Yuen, author of “Reel Inequality”, Tamilyn Tomita, actress in COME SEE THE PARADISE and Dan Akira, specialist of Japanese film history, in order to show how strong an influence the silver screen has on society.

Film clips include THE PURPLE HEART, DECEMBER 7TH, KNOW YOUR ENEMY: JAPAN, THE TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON, SAYONARA, THE JAPANESE WAR WIFE, THE KRIMSON KIMONO, THE HOUSE OF BAMBOO, TORA TORA, TOKYO JOE and BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S.