Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight: The Japanese War Brides
Short documentary film
Duration: 26 minutes
World Premiere on the BBC
August 15, 2015
Boston Asian American Film Fetival
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
California Women's Film Festival
Portland's Women's Film Festival
Los Angeles Asia Pacific Film Festival
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Despite lingering wartime enmity, tens of thousands of Japanese wives -- the biggest influx of Asian women in U.S. history -- crossed the Pacific. They began new lives in difficult and to them mysterious circumstances, scattered across the country in places where they were often the first Japanese ever seen. What was it like to abandon family, friends and country, and marry a former enemy? Even for those whose choice of spouse proved to be a tragic mistake, there was no turning back. Many in Japan viewed them as social outcasts and even today the words "war bride" in Japanese carry such a stigma -- of bar girls, even prostitution -- that people don't like to say them. Now these women are in their 80s. This is their story, of lives shaped by one irrevocable decision.
The Virginia Pilot, "Daughters make film to tell Japanese war brides' stories"
The Japan Times, "Documentary on Japanese ‘war brides’ is gaining steam"
2015 Boston Asian American Film Festival, Best Documentary Short, Audience Award
2015 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival Best Short Documentary
2015 California Women’s Film Festival Best Short Documentary
2016 Asian Film Festival of Dallas Best Documentary Short
2016 Women Over 50 Film Festival, Runner-Up, Best Documentary
2016 Women Over 50 Film Festival, Runner-Up, Audience Choice Award