“Day of Independence,” set in a WWII Japanese American internment camp, centers on Zip, a young Nisei baseball pitcher. When his father chooses to return to Japan, Zip faces both family separation and unjust detention. Despite these challenges, he finds courage and achieves victory through baseball. The screenplay, penned by Tim Toyama and his brother Chris, who also directed the film, is based on the real-life experiences of the Toyama family.

The film serves as both a poignant tribute and a reminder of a dark period in American history. Although set against the harsh backdrop of an internment camp, the story highlights themes of resilience, sacrifice, and courage, showcasing that even in grim circumstances, the human spirit can prevail.

Day of Independence | September 26, 2003 (United States) 7.3
Director: Chris TashimaWriter: Chris Tashima, Tim ToyamaStars: Derek Mio, Marcus Toji, Alan MuraokaSummary: Zip, a 17-year-old Nisei (second-generation Japanese American) baseball pitcher, grapples with the harrowing reality of World War II internment that affected 110,000 Americans of Japanese descent. Set against the backdrop of a relocation camp in the summer of 1943, this film delves into the story of an American family fragmented by a compulsory and unjust imprisonment. Faced with a pivotal decision by his father, Zip is pushed to discover inner resilience. The narrative culminates in his victory, achieved through bravery, selflessness, and the quintessential American sport of baseball.


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