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[…]
An excellent day of filming B roll and cover shots at Meiji Mura open air museum – filmed important Meiji era buildings, including the Japanese Immigrants’ Assembly Hall built in Hilo in 1889. Yes, that’s right – this building was first used as a church by the early Japanese immigrants in East Hawaii on the Read more about Film crew discovers building transplanted from Big Island to Nagoya, Japan[…]
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.