HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Under the Blood Red Sun is making its world premier this week in a series of public and private screenings. Loaded with local talent from the director to the cast, the 90-minute movie is an adaptation of the popular young-adult novel by Graham Salisbury, who grew up in the Islands.
Set on the island of Oahu in 1941, during the days following Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the story is an unforgettable tale of courage, survival and friendship. The film opens with 13-year old Tomikazu (Tomi) Nakaji and his best friend Billy Davis playing baseball near their homes in Hawaii when Tomi looks up at the sky and recognizes the blood-red sun emblem on the amber fighter planes, signaling a Japanese surprise attack at Pearl Harbor. His father and grandfather, both Japanese-Americans, are arrested and taken to internment camps. His mother loses her job because she is Japanese. Although Tomi feels frightened and ashamed of his native land, he is quickly forced to become the man of the family.
Directed by Tim Savage, the film is produced by Dana Hankins and features an award-winning cast, including Kyler Sakamoto, Kalama Epstein, Chris Tashima, Dann Seki, Autumn Ogawa, Mina Kohara, Wil Kahele, Bryce Moore, Benen Weir, Shiro Kawai, Marco Lopez, Aidan James, Howard Bishop, Tom Holowach, Lisa Barnes, Greg Suenaga.
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