Log-Line: 1935 Los Angeles, community leader Sei Fujii uncovers the corrupt activities of his community's underground mafia. He must choose between saving the face of his deteriorating community and confronting the issues head on through his newspaper. Based on a true story.
LIL TOKYO REPORTER is a 30-minute narrative short set in 1930's Los Angeles and was developed Summer 2010 and completed in Fall 2012. The project was supported by donations from the Asian American community, grants, and volunteered talent. The film was inspired by the True Story of Civil Rights Leader Sei Fujii, a man who protected the livelihood of the Japanese American people from 1903-1954.
Developed in June 2010, Filmmaker Jeffrey Gee Chin met Dr. Fumiko Carole Fujita at the first National Asian Pacific Islander Historic Preservation Forum. Dr. Fujita was a retired pharmacist determined to uncover the history of Japanese Health Care in Los Angeles.