1975 - Cruisin' J-Town

VC released Duane Kubo's CRUISIN' J-TOWN in 1975. The film is a documentary portrait of saxaphonist Dan Kuramoto, koto player June Okida Kuramoto, and percussionist Johnny Mori — members of the Asian American jazz fusion band Hiroshima. The film is acknowledged as a true classic of Asian American cinema, and offers an intimate glimpse into the world of the sansei (third-generation Japanese American) generation. This highlight excerpt from the film (Kubo's UCLA Thesis project) follows the three as they recount their efforts to meld their art into their ongoing search for identity and meaning; and is highlighted by a cross-cultural jam session between members of Hiroshima and the Chicano performing arts company El Teatro Campesino.