Description: Peru, 1943: Due to her father’s deportation to American concentration camps, a motherless Hatsu is forced to look after the family’s shop and her sisters, while enduring the hate and violence vortex unleashed upon citizens whose only “crime” is to belong to a Japanese bloodline.
Director: Rita Iris Prieto Matzuki
Category: Short Narrative
About the Film
“Hatsu” is a short film project presented in the format of a fictional story based on real events. It shows the story of a fragile girl that acquires, from the love for her family, the strength to support her three sisters while surviving the violent events that took place in Peruvian history during the Second World War.
Yoshie Yodo “Hatsu”
Valeria Shimabukuro “Maki”
Angie Higuchi “Setsuko”
Anna Higuchi “Harue”
Nobuyoshi Yodo “Father”
HIroshi Arakaki “Masa”
Alfredo Yoshimoto “Kiyoshi”
Script and Direction: Rita Prieto
Executive Production: Roberto Yuichi Yodo
General Production: Morella Moret
Music: Tony Kobashikawa, Leo Barraza, and Esteban León.