Seven 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 locations in the United States to bring this tragic and inspiring story to life. This film provides a look not just into the past but provides insight for the future to see what can happen when those in power use fear, hate and prejudice to run unchecked.
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THE PRODUCTION TEAM
PATSY Y. IWASAKI
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UH Hilo lecturer and film Project Director Patsy Y. Iwasaki is featured in a story about the project.
During a week of location filming for the Katsu Goto movie project the Hawaii Tribune-Herald’s photographer Hollyn Johnson visited the set to capture our actors and crew in action. The photos, shown here, were featured in the Monday, August 15, 2016 Hawaii Tribune-Herald newspaper.
Exciting times for the film project! Thanks to the Humanities Division of the University of Hawaii at Hilo and the amazing Professor Jackie Johnson of the UH Hilo Performing Arts Department, we held our introductory meeting for the re enactments for the film documentary. Yes! UH Hilo students and community members will re enact key Read more about Cast and crew meet at UH-Hilo Performing Arts Center[…]
Met and had dinner with the Goto of Hiroshima members, including Dr. Kaya’s son Kiichi Kaya and daughter Toyoko Saeki. It was a great reunion and we appreciate all of their help and support of the documentary project!
Thanks to Akiko Furutani, board member of the Goto of Hiroshima foundation and President of the Hiroshima Interpreters Association, we were able to film B-roll of the thriving, confident, global city of peace and youth that Hiroshima city has become.
We interviewed Dr. Muneyoshi Togami at the spectacularly scenic Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto. He is a Rinzai Zen priest, scholar of migration studies and Professor Emeritus of Ryukoku University, having taught for 40 years at the private university that was founded in 1639. Amazing history of academic pursuit in the ancient capitol of Japan.
Excellent film production day in Oiso! Kazuhiro Sagawa of the Oiso Mayor’s office wrote an article about Katsu Goto in the town newsletter this past spring. That opened the doors for Sagawa to contact a living descendant of Goto from the Kobayakawa family.
A quick stop to Ikaho (sister city of Hilo, Hawaii! Check out the Hawaiian festival poster attached!) near Shibukawa, for cover shots of Robert Walker Irwin’s summer villa.
An amazing day of filming 131-year-old documents that are key to Katsu Goto’s journey to Hawaii! Visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Archives.
Great day of research, filming and interviews in Oiso, Kanagawa, where Katsu Goto was born, raised and worked at the city office. Filmed at his (ceremonial; remains are at the Honokaa site) and the family’s gravesite, met and interviewed the mayor of Oiso, Dr. Hisao Nakasaki and other key locations and sites.