Six minute trailer for upcoming film
Bringing the Legacy of Katsu Goto to Life: A 23-minute preview
About our project
Discover the story of Katsu Goto, a plantation worker and labor leader who was lynched in Honoka‘a, Hawai‘i in 1889 as told through intimate interviews with his descendants, academic and historical scholars and community members. This 60-minute film will use dramatic re-enactments, historical photos and beautiful footage filmed in Hawaii, Japan and other location in the United States to bring this tragic and inspiring story to life.
Total funds needed
percentage raised of $165,100
THE PRODUCTION TEAM
PATSY Y. IWASAKI
Blog / Latest News
The Katsu Goto Movie Project is featured on The Hawaii Herald’s website, April 15, 2016.
Story appears in the Wednesday, December 30, 2015 Hawaii Tribune-Herald.
At 10 a.m. Sunday, December 27, 2015 the annual Honokaa Hongwanji Buddhist temple Katsu Goto Memorial service will be held. Rev. Furusawa will present a Dharma message. Featured guests will be Ms. Patsy Iwasaki and Baron Sekiya.
Read the story on KITV’s website here. Big mahalo to KITV reporter Ashley Moser for coverage of our project on the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. KITV newscasts Tuesday, December 22, 2015.
“Bringing the Legacy of Katsu Goto to Life” is the first documentary of his story presented by the Katsu Goto Memorial Committee (KGMC) of the Honokaa Hongwanji Mission. This special is a 25-minute preview as well as a behind the scenes look at the “making of” the documentary on Katsu Goto featuring a fundraising campaign to document his story on film.
A preview and behind the scenes look at the making of the documentary film.
A free viewing period on the Nippon Golden Network (NGN 1 on Channel 677)
Our team visited Maui and was allowed to film the burning of sugar cane fields before the harvest. Maui is the location of the last operating sugar cane plantation in Hawaii.
This hour long documentary film, currently in production, will reveal how one man’s life and tragic death inspires peace and understanding between two cultures over 100 years later. Filmed in Japan and Hawai’i, the documentary will bring to life the true story of Japanese immigrant and martyr Katsu Goto through intimate interviews with his descendants and immigration historians.