Hideki 

Tule lake concentration camp inmate.


Japanese Americans experienced many feelings at being unjustly incarcerated  in the camps. Some worked to help the government understand that they were truly loyal to America, while others became angry and frustrated. Hideki led a group of angry and frustrated Japanese Americans called the Hoshidan, a group that utilized fear and anger to get their point across. Needless to say, these tactics created many issues for Hideki and his followers, including landing them in the Tule Lake prison.  



James J. Murakami


Production Designer


As the Production Designer for multiple Clint Eastwood films including American Sniper, Jersey Boys and Letters from Iwo Jima, James Murakami has has had the opportunity to work with many culturally significant films.  We Said No! No! holds personal significance to him however, as he himself was incarcerated as a teenager in Tule Lake for nearly four years. His sister unfortunately passed away due to illness while in the camp, which makes his involvement in We Said No! No! even more compelling. He considers this project as a personal voyage back to Tule Lake and hopes that it will help to educate future generations on the significance of racial profiling in today's climate.


Creator

Hanako Tsuchikawa

Tule Lake concentration camp inmate.


As one of the most influential figures and informants to Rosalie Wax, Hanako Tsuchikawa is the outspoken leader of the women's cadre. She is relentless in her battle against the injustices her friends and family experience in the camps, which include the imprisonment of her younger brother, Tokyo, in the Tule Lake prison. 




Rosalie Hankey Wax

Anthropologist.


Never expecting to be involved in the tumultuous events at Tule Lake, Rosalie Wax entered Tule Lake as a young graduate student and exited a champion for human rights.  Her work and books on her experiences during the Japanese American Incarceration have helped to provide a rare historical perspective on the subject, as well as help to shape the story of We Said No! No! Several characters in the film are derived directly from her book, Doing Field Work, including Hanako Tsuchikawa and George Kuratomi. 

( Rosalie Wax Interview. youtube )

Main Characters

Based on a True Story


​We Said No! No! is based on actual events with recreations taken from Anthropologist Rosalie Wax's book Doing Fieldwork : Warnings and Advice;  the prison diary of Inouye Sensei (a so-called "No, No Boy" and later activist) as well as numerous interviews from people who were actually in the concentration camps. The main story centers around the  second year of incarceration at the Tule Lake Segregation Center.

  






We Said No! No!


Twelve years before Rosa Parks ignited the Civil Rights Movement, Japanese Americans challenged the American government inside the Tule Lake Segregation Center in northern California.


We Said No! No! is a story of civil disobedience set against the backdrop of World War II and the controversial internment of thousands of "disloyal" Japanese Americans into the most notorious Japanese camp of all the internment camps, Tule Lake. It  was there that the the Japanese Americans who refused to say "yes" to the infamous Loyalty Questionnaire were placed and subsequently labeled the "No,No's."


We Said No! No! follows the stories of a group of "disloyal" No, No's as they fight for their freedom, their dignity and their families in an America that had forsaken them. 

George Kuratomi

Tule lake concentration camp inmate.


 George Kuratomi is the charismatic leader of the Negotiating Committee, a group of peaceful Tule Lake inmates that attempt to work with the camp's administration to provide fair treatment to inmates. Unfortunately, his outspoken leadership turns the camp authorities against him,  forcing him to go into hiding and eventually landing him in the Tule Lake prison. 

Raymond Best

Head of Tule Lake Segregation Camp.


​As the arrogant director of the Tule Lake Segregation Camp, Raymond Best was said to spend much of his time chasing shadows and entertaining paranoia.  This mind set created never-ending conflict and turmoil with camp residents, eventually helping to bring a head to their unfair treatment and incarceration in general.   ​

Brian Tadashi Maeda

Producer/Writer/Director


As one of the last children to be born in the Manzanar  Internment Camp during World War II, Director and Writer Brian Maeda began life as an incarceree.  He  is an experienced documentary and feature filmmaker who started his career on the Academy Award-winning Bound for Glory with renowned cinematographer, Haskell Wexler. His previous films include Savage Boys, Music Man of Manzanar and Shotokan Karate of America.  He attended UCLA film school where he was one of the founding members of Ethno Communications; the first third world film group in the nation whose purpose was to make films about their people and their communities. For his work, Maeda was one of the first Asian Americans to be accepted into the International Cinematographer’s Guild.

With such relevant ties to today’s headlines regarding Muslim Americans, Maeda hopes that the story of the No, No Boys will remind people of the injustices of the past while helping to avoid the type of segregation and discrimination his family endured during World War II and beyond.


 



Inouye Sensei

Tule lake concentration camp inmate.


We Said No! No! is also largely based on the diary of Inouye Sensei. His writings provide a unique view into the personal experience of what it was like to be incarcerated and punished simply because of one's race. Inouye Sensei is one of the main characters in We Said No! No!, serving as a mediator and peacemaker between the two factions of the camp-the Hoshidan and the Negotiating Committee.