New Japanese documentary film “Day of the Western Sunrise”

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Apology for cross posting.


I would like to introduce a new Japanese documentary film directed by a Pittsburgh local director, Keith Reimink.


Day of the Western Sunrise is a Japanese language documentary film that follows three surviving members of the Lucky Dragon No. 5, or Daigo Fukuryu Maru, a tuna fishing boat that accidentally witnessed the detonation of Castle Bravo on March 1st, 1954.  The production crew met with survivors of the incident in 2014 and spent the following 5 years turning their story into a 'kamishibai-inspired' documentary, one that has inspired audiences around the world. 


This film was made possible by generous grants from The Pittsburgh Foundation and Heinz Endowments, and was contributed to by many in the Japanese language classes at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh educational system.  Japanese in Pittsburgh and students volunteered their time to provide speaking roles and background voices, and the Pittsburgh chapter of the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia helped support the creation of an Educational Toolkit that is available to universities and K-12 educators. 


From Tokyo to Beirut, and from Florida to Ohio, Day of the Western Sunrise has screened all over the world and the US to great acclaim.  The film has received numerous Best Documentary and Audience Choice Awards, as well as achieved success at various online festivals, and screened at the 2019 AAS Film Expo in Denver, Colorado.  But the true joy has been watching students engage with this film.  The history covered in Day of the Western Sunrise is in danger of being repeated.  By viewing and discussing the film's content with young audiences, we have the chance to participate in discussions and begin the process of change. 


Please visit and contact Keith Reimink at for more information.


Thank you,


Hiro Good


Hiroyuki Nagahashi Good

Japanese and Korean Studies Librarian

East Asian Library

University Library System

University of Pittsburgh

421 Hillman Library

3960 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Tel: 412-648-8187