Tora

Tora

Release date:

2010

Running time:

29.5 minutes

Formats:

Available on DVD

Closed Captioned:

No

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Jenna, a jaded young urban woman, inherits a lake- front property in the interior of British Columbia. Dilapidated log buildings hidden in the bush and unsettling visions of a ghostly eight-year-old Japanese girl suggests there is more to the inherited property than she’s been told. During her stay there, she encounters Oyama, a mysterious older Japanese Canadian, and the mystery begins to unfold. Jenna experiences the pain of loss, the power of hope and the value of forgiveness when she learns that her new property was once a Second World War Japanese internment camp. Tora features stunning cinematography and stars Kate Bateman as Jenna, Dr. David Suzuki as Oyama and Kevan Ohtsji as young Oyama.

The Canadian Government interned more than 22,000 people of Japanese descent during the Second World War, three-quarters of them Canadian citizens. Their possessions were seized and sold to cover the costs of keeping the camps, leaving them with nothing at the end of the war. Tora is a modern-day ghost story that should haunt us all.

 

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Artistic Statement:

The title TORA is an homage to the 1970 film Tora! Tora! Tora! set during WWII. TORA was the code-word used by the Japanese to indicate that complete surprise at Pearl Harbour was achieved and is translated as "tiger". There's not a tiger to be seen in our film but the bombing of Pearl Harbour was what precipitated the internment of Japanese people in Canada and other countries around the world and therefore, our story.

The film Tora! Tora! Tora! was an American / Japanese co-production and was actually directed by two directors, one American and one Japanese. An astounding collaboration of two cultures broken apart by that world changing event. The film attempted to show both the Japanese and the American sides of the bombing and by interweaving the two stories, made a brave attempt at truth and forgiveness.

Our epic short film TORA also weaves two stories and cultures with themes of loss, hope and forgiveness. TORA remembers what happened post Pearl Harbour with hopes that "History won't fade as easily as it's lessons" in today's post 9-11 world.

Filmmaker's website: http://www.torathemovie.com/web/Welcome.html

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