DANCING THROUGH LITTLE TOKYO
Directed by David Osako
Late in life, a man is inspired by the annual Nisei Week Festival to reconnect with his roots by learning various forms of Japanese dance. He finds a legendary choreographer to teach him the classical Japanese style. And he discovers Elvis impersonators who teach him alternate forms of Japanese-American dance.
David Osako was formerly a lawyer and mediator, and now is a Japanese dancer, photographer and filmmaker. A mixed-race third-generation Japanese-American, he continues his quest to try to learn all sorts of things, and to help make good things happen to good people.
Director: David Osako
Writer: David Osako
Producer: David Osako
Shorts Programs / 107 minsVisual Communications' Digital Histories program engages the passion of our elders to tell their stories in movie form. This year the seniors transformed an illness into a triumphant narrative, unearthed a forgotten jazz club in Little Tokyo, and explored how the first Japanese American Buddhist Taiko group came to be. - Gary Gabisan
In This Program: ABANDONED FABRIC, THE ARTS DISTRICT WITHOUT ARTISTS, A CENTENARIAN PLUS SIX, DANCING THROUGH LITTLE TOKYO, THE FINALE CLUB, HOLIDAY BOWL, JEFF IMADA: BREAKING BARRIERS BY DESIGN, KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOUS, GIVING IS AN ADDICTION, NOTE TO SELF, “ON MY HONOR…” BILL SHISHIMA VOLUNTEER EXTRAORDINAIRE, RAY ROCKS WITH HAIR, TAP, AND HIP-HOP, SAY YES TO YOUR HEART, TAIKO REFLECTIONS, THE TRAVELING RICE POT, WITHIN THE OPEN DOORS OF A SHINTO CHURCH IN BOYLE HEIGHTS