Katsu Goto’s incredible true story, a powerful saga of hope and inspiration arising from tragedy, is the subject of a remarkable new documentary about a poignant chapter in Hawai‘i’s history. Learn more about this compelling saga on either of two occasions—Monday evening, June 19, or a matinée on the following Tuesday afternoon, June 20.
Dr. Erika Hori, the foremost expert on Katsu Goto in Japan, will present new information about Goto, based on recently-discovered letters from Goto himself. Her talk, “Ambitious Spirit: Discovering the Letters of Katsu Goto,” will focus on the letters, written by Goto in Yokohama before coming to Hawaii, which provide new information and background on the fascinating character of Goto.
A preview and behind the scenes look at the making of the documentary film which includes both Japanese and English subtitles.
This special preview aired on the Nippon Golden Network (NGN 1 on Channel 677).
An interview by Chris Vandercook with Patsy Iwasaki on Hawaii Public Radio’s HPR-1 on March 6, 2017
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.
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.