Honor & Sacrifice
tells the complex story of a Japanese immigrant family ripped apart by WWII.
The Matsumoto family included five sons; two who fought for the Americans and
three who fought for the Japanese. The eldest, Hiroshi (Roy), became a hero,
fighting against the Japanese with Merrill's Marauders, an American guerrilla
unit in Burma. He was born near Los Angeles, educated in Japan, and became a
hero when he used his Japanese language skills and military training to save
his surrounded, starving battalion deep in the Burmese jungle. At the same
time his parents and sisters were living in their family’s ancestral home,
Hiroshima. The story is told by Roy's daughter Karen as she discovers her
father's work in military intelligence, kept secret for 50 years.
"This is an important film. In Roy Matsumoto's
extraordinary heroism, we glimpse the confluence of racism in both Japan and
the US during WWII and the irony of Japanese Americans contributing mightily
to the success of the American military in SE Asia leading to the destruction
of the Japanese Empire." – Franklin Odo, Former Director, Smithsonian's
Asian Pacific American Program
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