The Nibei Foundation and UTB (United Television Broadcasting System) present screening “MIS – Human Secret Weapon” on July 10 at 6:30 pm.
July 10 (Tuesday) 6:30 pm
Admission including dinner: $10 per person
Terasaki Foundation Laboratory Building, 11570 Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
RSVP by July 6, Friday
(310) 479-6101 ext 134
MIS – Human Secret Weapon
Director: Junichi Suzuki
100 Minutes / Not Rated / Documentary, War, History / Color
Distributor: United Television Broadcasting Systems
During World War II, the U.S. Army secretly formed the Military Intelligence Service (MIS), which was mostly composed of Nisei, second-generation Japanese-American military men.
They had pledged absolute allegiance to the United States at a time when Japanese Americans were facing social and political injustice. Braving many prejudices, Nisei soldiers of MIS had to fight against Japan, their parents’ homeland, and proved their patriotism to the country that had caged their families in internment camps.
During the war, the MIS was successful in persuading the surrender of Japanese troops and helping many civilians avoid the path of suicide that they might otherwise have taken.
They would go on to play a crucial role in expediting Japan’s recovery following its formal surrender in 1945.
There were about 3000 MIS soldiers during WWII and another 3000 who served during the occupation of Japan. Despite their contributions and achievements during the war, information regarding the MIS remained top secret and classified by the government.
Trilogy of Japanese American history during WWII by director and writer Junichi Suzuki
“Toyo’s Camera – Japanese American history during WWII-” was released in Japan and the U.S. on 2008. This film was favorably received by the Japanese American community in Los Angeles. The number of audience at the Aratani Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo on March 15, 2009, broke the theater’s records in 20 years.
“442 – Live with Honor, Die with Dignity-” was released on 2010. This film was awarded the “Special Audience Award for Courage and Community” at the 2010 Maui Film Festival and officially invited by Tokyo International Film Festival 2010. This film became the big hit in Japan of 2010, and critically claimed.
“MIS – Human Secret Weapon-” was released in 2012.