Blue Chalk Doc Makes Worldwide TV Premiere

August 10, 2015

Exciting news! A Blue Chalk Media doc on Japanese "War Brides" premieres on BBC World News this Saturday, Aug. 15, the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

The half-hour coproduction chronicles the experiences of three Japanese women who left their devastated country to marry Americans shortly after the war. 

"Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight: The Japanese War Brides" tells the story of Hiroko Tolbert, Emiko Kasmauski and Atsuko Craft along with the perspectives of their daughters Kathryn, Karen and Lucy, respectively. The documentary explores the stories of these Japanese-born women who landed in 1950s America—the brides of young GIs and civilians brought home from an enemy nation.

They began new lives in difficult and foreign surroundings, often in American communities that had never seen a person of Japanese descent before. Many in Japan viewed the young women as outcasts and even today the word for “war brides” in Japanese carries a negative stigma. Now Hiroko, Emiko and Atsuko are in their 80s. The film tells the stories of their acclimation to American culture and that of their daughters for whom the impact of being raised American by Japanese mothers left its marks.

The aforementioned War Bride daughters directed the documentary and it was produced by Megumi Nishikura, photographed by Jamie Francis and edited by Danny Guy, all of Blue Chalk Media. The deal was brokered by Maria Ishak, Blue Chalk vice president of new business development.

BBC World News is available in over 200 countries. Check the broadcast schedule for local airtimes. 

The project marks the first documentary project from Blue Chalk to premiere on television. 

Learn more about "Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight: The Japanese War Brides."