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This October 13th the first screening of a movie about Chiune Sugihara took place in the historical movie theater ‘Romuva’. During this exclusive premiere the viewers not only were the first ones in the world to watch the film (the Tokyo premiere is set in December), but also had a rare opportunity to meet with the director Cellin Gluck as well as the actors who played main roles in it – Toshiaki Karasawa (as Chiune Sugihara) and Koyuki (as Yukiko Sugihara).

The film “Persona Non Grat’” (Chiune Sugihara) is based on a true story about a Japanese Consul, Chiune Sugihara, who saved 6000 Jewish people from Nazis during World War II without regard to his risk in disobeying the assignment of Japanese government. – producer Nobuyuki Iinuma states, – Although the year 2015 marks the 70th Anniversary since the end of WWII, there still have been many disputes and refugee problems all over the world. I strongly feel destiny at the fact that we can have a World Premiere Screening in Kaunas, Lithuania, where Chiune Sugihara issued visas, in the year of milestone, and I sincerely hope many of you could join the screening.

‘Persona Non Grata’ is directed by Cellin Gluck and features an international cast, composed of Japanese, Polish, French and Russian actors. Chiune Sugihara is played by Japanese actor Toshiaki Karasawa, while Koyuki — known mainly for the main female part in ‘The Last Samurai’ — plays Sugihara’s wife. The film is set in the period from 1934 until 1955, in Europe, Asia and North America. It was filmed entirely in Poland, mainly with Polish crew.

 

 

 

For more information visit VMU Centre for Asian Studies.