Persona Non Grata
2015 / 139 minutes
Japanese with English subtitles
Directed by Cellin Gluck
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Remarks by Hideo Fukushima
This is the story of the Schindler of Japan, Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, who believed in doing all he could for the benefit of his beloved Japan. We follow his life from his early days in Manchuria to his eventual posting in Lithuania, where he came face-to-face with the plight of the European Jews as they tried to escape the onslaught of the Nazis and the rapidly advancing German army. Caught between the unbending politics of his country, now bound by treaty with Nazi Germany, and his awakening moral responsibilities, he must make a critical decision which could endanger the life of his family.
The film’s international cast includes Japanese Academy Award winning actor, Toshiaki Karasawa, as the selfless wartime hero Sugihara, actress Koyuki as his loving wife, and Polish actor Borys Szyc as his right-hand man.
Presented with Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at UTD, AJC Dallas, Consulate-General of Japan, Japan America Society.