Friday, September 17 at 7:00pm to 9:20pm
Gift of Fire, released in 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, is set for a major release in Japan on 250 screens nationawide on August 6. Its producers include NHK Japan, Eleven Arts Studios, Ko Mori, Takahiro Hamano, and Katsuhiro Tsuchiya. The film follows a young researcher in scenic Kyoto living through WWII. Shu is a scientist and the Japanese government has commissioned his research team to try and split the atom, an attempt to create the basis for an atomic bomb. Shu feels remarkable pressure to complete this task, as his step-brother, Hiroyuki, goes to fight on the front lines. Shu, Hiroyuki, and their best friends through childhood, a girl named Setsu, try to understand their complicated feelings for each other and their country as the war progresses and Japan's chances of winning become more and more slim. Shu struggles to honor his obligations to science, his family, and his country, in a moment in history when atomic research is critical to the world as we know it.
The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Ko Mori (Producer), Katie Peabody (Associate Producer), and Hiroshi Kurosaki (Writer/Director). The conversation will be moderated by Velina Hasu Houston (USC).
This event is co-sponsored by Eleven Arts, Inc.
Plesae register for the webinar here.