2014 / Film “Lil Tokyo Reporter” depicting historic newspaper publisher, on air Aug 7, 8 on UTB Ch. 18.2

Lil Tokyo Reporter Still Photo

Lil Tokyo Reporter: Chris Tashima as civil rights leader and newspaper publisher Sei Fujii

United Television Broadcast (UTB Channel 18.2) will be screening the award-winning “Lil Tokyo Reporter” film as part of the Nisei Week Japanese Festival celebration on the following dates and times:  Thursday, August 7, at 7:00 pm. and Friday, August 8, at 10:00 am and 3:00 pm

Cable subscribers might be able to view it on other channels.

Also, during Nisei Week, there will be a free showing of the “Lil Tokyo Reporter” film at Union Church at 401 East Third Street in Little Tokyo on Saturday, August 16 at 2:00 pm.

Filmed in downtown Los Angeles, “Lil Tokyo Reporter” is a narrative short film inspired by the life and major community contributions of historic newspaper publisher, Sei Fujii.

The story takes place in 1935 Little Tokyo, where Fujii confronts the corruption that threatens the livelihood of his community.

“The purpose of this film is to help open minds to the early historical contributions of Asian American pioneers.” said the film’s director, Jeffrey Gee Chin.

The “Lil Tokyo Reporter” cast includes Academy Award winner Chris Tashima (Visas and Virtue), Keiko Agena (Gilmore Girls) and Eijiro Ozaki (Letters From Iwo Jima).

“Lil Tokyo Reporter” has been shown in 20 film festivals across the country and has received 18 awards for best short film (7), best acting, best cinematography and best editing.

It has also been screened multiple times in Japan, including the Sukagawa International Short Film Festival in Fukushima, and at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Korea.

“Lil Tokyo Reporter” DVDs are sold in Little Tokyo at Kinokuniya Bookstore, Bunkado, Rafu Bussan, and the Japanese American National Museum.  DVDs are also available online at www.ltreporter.com and www.amazon.com