Adapted from the best-selling youth novel UNDER THE BLOOD-RED SUN, with
screenplay by author Graham Salisbury. The 20th Anniversary Edition (of the book) published by
Random House, September 2014; book used in middle-school teaching curriculum. December 7, 1941 - TOMIKAZU “TOMI” NAKAJI and his best friend
BILLY DAVIS are playing baseball in a field near their homes in Hawaii when
Japan launches a surprise attack on the US at Pearl Harbor. As Tomi looks
up at the sky and recognizes the Blood-Red Sun emblem on the fighter planes, he
knows that his life has changed forever. Torn between his love of all things
American and the traditional ways of his parents and GRAMPA, Tomi feels
frightened and ashamed of his native land. Tomi’s friendship with Billy is soon
tested as prejudice divides their island community. He must find the courage to
stand up to neighborhood bully, KEET WILSON, while protecting his family’s
honor and its katana, a centuries-old samurai sword. He is then forced to
become the man of the family to care for his MAMA and sister, KIMI, after his
PAPA is arrested and taken away to an internment camp. Based on actual
events, UNDER THE BLOOD-RED SUN is
an unforgettable story of friendship, courage & survival.
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