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MIS Members Attend Screening of Kazuo Yamane Film
A new historical documentary film, “Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii,” was shown in November at the Hawaii International Film Festival.
Yamane was a member of the original 100th Infantry Battalion, one of 60 who were transferred to the Military Intelligence Service to use their knowledge of Japanese language and culture in the war against Japan. He singlehandedly discovered a priceless Japanese document, then was sent to Europe to prepare for a secret raid into Berlin.
The film was shown for the first time in Hawaii on November 7 and 10 at the Regal Dole Cannery theaters. (A trailer for the film may be viewed at http://proofofloyalty.com/). Nisei veterans attended the latter screening and were hosted at a reception afterwards by the Yamane family. The film producers, Lucy Ostrander and Don Sellers, and others involved in creating the film also attended.
Ostrander and Sellers, of Seattle-based Stourwater Pictures, spent years conducting research and interviewing such authorities as historians Ted Tsukiyama and Tom Coffman. Their hour-long movie won the Audience Choice Award (documentary) at the Asian American International Film Festival in New York in August.
Born in Hawaii, Yamane was educated in Japan, earning a degree from Waseda University. He returned to Hawaii and was drafted into the Army before Japan’s December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Amid post-attack fears of invasion, Yamane was among 1,400 Hawaii nisei who were sent away and became the 100th Infantry Battalion. Yamane was one of the 60 transferred to the Military Intelligence Service to meet a critical need for linguists. He eventually was assigned to the Pacific Military Intelligence Research Section, where he found the complete Japanese army ordnance inventory amid captured documents.
Two of Yamane’s brothers also served in the MIS. Another served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. After the war, Yamane returned to the islands and, along with his brothers, continued the family business.
Below: Film-makers Lucy Ostrander and Don Sellers of Stourwater Pictures, with Joyce Yamane (center), daughter of Kazuo Yamane, at the post-screening reception on November 10.
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