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Sun, May 28


Los Angeles

"Oath of the Sword" World Premier Screening

Live piano accompaniment

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"Oath of the Sword" World Premier Screening
"Oath of the Sword" World Premier Screening

Time & Location

May 28, 2023, 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Los Angeles, 6067 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA

About the event

Made by the Los Angeles–based Japanese American Film Company, The Oath of the Sword, recently discovered at the George Eastman Museum by scholar Denise Khor, is considered the earliest known Asian American film production. Leaving his native Japan to study at UC Berkeley, Masao also leaves behind his lover Hisa, who is caring for her ailing father. As Masao becomes an athletic star at Berkeley, Hisa languishes in Japan; their reunion four years later, during which time Hisa has given birth to another man’s child, ends in tragedy. Remarkable location photography lends an air of realism to this once-lost treasure, seeing its world premiere at the Academy Museum and shown with live musical accompaniment by pianist, improviser, and composer Naomi Nakanishi. 

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