The Film “442 – Live with Honor, Die with Dignity” to be shown at Aratani/Japan America Theatre, Sept 18 at 11 am & 2 pm

Film 442 - Steve Shimizu & Junichi Suzuki

Former Nisei soldier Steve Shimizu (left) in Orange County, and film director Junichi Suzuki pose in a press conference of the film, “442.” (Cultural News Photo)

The film 442 – Live with Honor, Die with Dignity will be shown at Aratani/Japan America Theatre on Saturday, September 18, at 11 am and 2 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $13 at doors.

Aratani/Japan America Theatre, 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, the box office (213) 680-3700,

Screening schedule at other cities

San Francisco: Viz Cinema

Second screening from October 1 to October 7

Honolulu: The Ward Stadium 16, 1044 Auashi Street, Honolulu, HI 96814, (808) 594-7045,

Opening: September 10  (Friday), continuing until September 23 (Thursday)

Tokyo: Shinjuku-K’s Cinema, 35 –13, Shinjuku 3chome, 3F, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022, 03-3352-2471,

Opening: November 13 (Saturday)

442-Live with Honor, Die with Dignity is the second installment of the Japanese American trilogy following the previous documentary film, Toyo’s Camera – Japanese American History during WWII.  Suzuki and UTB, a bilingual Japanese television station in Los Angeles have produced the feature documentary film collaborating with the music of the Grammy and Golden Glove awards winner Kitaro again.

During World War II, soldiers of the 442nd Infantry Regiment, composed mainly of Japanese Americans, fought not only against the enemy, but fought against prejudice, facing severe racial discrimination in their homeland.

In these harsh times however, the 442nd became one of the most decorated regiments for its size and length of service in the history of the U.S. military.