Little did the U.S. Army realize during World War II while the heavily guarded Manzanar Relocation Camp in central California was under watch and surrounded by barbed wire that a group of Japanese Americans were secretly venturing out to go fishing.
The Manzanar Fishing Club documentary film opens Friday, June 1 at the Landmark Varsity Theatre, 4329 University Way N.E. in Seattle.
This film was the brainchild of cinematographer-turned-director Cory Shiozaki, an avid angler whose parents were among the 120,000 Japanese Americans sent to 10 camps all along the West Coast soon after Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese military.
Shiozaki spent the past six years chronicling the untold story of this overlooked chapter in U.S. history.
The project expanded when fellow anglers and video production company principals Lester Chung and John Gengl proposed interviewing the surviving internee fishermen for a documentary film.
Shiozaki along with writer Richard Imamura spent many hours interviewing and expanding the project from a 22-minute short film to a feature length documentary.
The true-life story is about Japanese-American internees at Manzanar who under the cover of darkness ventured out of the concentration camp to fish for the prized trout of the Sierra Nevada’s high-altitude lakes and streams.
The show times at the Varsity are: 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. For ticket information, call 206-632-6412. For details on the documentary, go to the Fear No Trout website.