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Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight: The Japanese War Brides

A short film about three Japanese women who emigrated to the US in the 1950s as war brides of American men. Their recollections are further refracted through the eyes of their Japanese-American daughters -- a photojournalist, a newspaper editor, and a freelance journalist. Personal photographs and visuals from US archival sources help bring to life this fascinating episode in US history.

  • Megumi Nishikura
  • Lucy Craft
    Executive Producer
  • Kathryn Tolbert
    Executive Producer
  • Karen Kasmauski
    Executive Producer
  • Greg Moyer
    Executive Producer
  • Pam Huling
    Executive Producer
  • Jamie Francis
    Director of Photography
  • Karen Kasmauski
    Additional Footage (Japan)
  • Danny Guy
  • Greg Snider
    Consulting Editor
  • Dan Quintero
  • Dan Quintero
    Sound Design
  • Maria Ishak
    Account Manager
  • Rob Finch
    Creative Director
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Asian-American, Women, Family, Asian
  • Runtime:
    26 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    40,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Seattle Asian-American Film Festival
    Seattle, WA
    February 20, 2016
  • Rosebud Film Festival
    Arlington, VA
    January 30, 2016
  • California Women's Film Festival
    Hollywood, CA
    January 9, 2016
    Best Short Documentary
  • Philadelphia Asian-American Film Festival
    Philadelphia, PA
    November 22, 2015
    Best Short Documentary
  • Boston Asian-American Film Festival
    Boston, MA
    October 25, 2015
    Best Documentary Short
  • Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival
    March 5, 2016
    Portland premiere
  • Tribune Film Festival
    March 5, 2016
    Texas premiere
  • Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference
    Seattle, WA
    April 1, 2016
  • Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    April 25, 2016
  • DC Asian American Film Festival
    Washington, DC
    April 24, 2016
Director Biography

Craft, Tolbert and Kasmauski have worked in American news and feature reporting for decades. This is their first foray into filmmaking.

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Director Statement

We are three journalists who have known each other for many years and often connect around shared professional interests in Japan. Kathryn told Lucy about wanting to write a book about Japanese war brides, but this was 20 years ago, and child-raising and work got in the way. Then Lucy and Karen pointed out the obvious. We should collaborate on a film about our mothers. Three journalists with three war bride mothers -- how can we not tell that story!