MOVIE: Sakura & Pearls

Sakura & Pearls: Healing from World War II

Documentary Synopsis

In 2016, Japanese Prime Minister Abe and U.S. President Obama met in two historic meetings at Hiroshima and Pearl Harbor to honor the World War II casualties. Inspired by this show of friendship, a third historic meeting happened at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, away from the media frenzy, captured only by the cameras of this documentary. No politicians. No protocols. This was a remarkable and intense exchange between 2 Japanese atomic bomb survivors and 2 American Pearl Harbor Attack survivors as they met face to face to share their stories with their former enemies. What did they say? What happened when they met?

It took 75 years for sitting leaders from both Japan and the U.S.A to meet at the Atomic Dome and the U.S.S Arizona Memorial. The image of former U.S. President Obama hugging the crying Hiroshima Atomic Bomb survivor, Shigeaki Mori-san, made the cover of the New York Times, Japan Today, and countless other newspapers around the world. This powerful exchange of respect still reverberates today.

See what happens when I asked atomic bomb survivor, Shigeaki Mori-san, if he forgives Americans for dropping the atomic bomb on his family when he was only a child. Click the trailer below.

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G. K. Hunter interviewing Shigeaki Mori-san after he embraced former U.S. President Barack Obama at the Hiroshima memorial service. Mori-san was gracious enough to do this interview in his Hiroshima home before he addressed the United Nations.

Pearl Harbor Survivor (U.S.S. Pennsylvania) & Educator Everett Hyland with director G. K. Hunter.

Sakura & Pearls: Healing from World War II is currently being submitted to film festivals around the world.

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