Persona Non Grata (2015 film)

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Persona Non Grata
Persona Non Grata (2015 film) poster.jpeg
Japanese 杉原千畝 スギハラチウネ
Directed by Cellin Gluck
Produced by Nobuyuki Iinuma
Kazutoshi Wadakura
Written by Tetsuo Kamata
Hiromichi Matsuo
Starring Toshiaki Karasawa
Music by Naoki Sato
Cinematography Garry Waller
Edited by Jim Munro
Distributed by Toho
Release date
  • October 13, 2015 (2015-10-13) (World premiere, Kaunas, Lithuania)
  • December 5, 2015 (2015-12-05) (Japan)
Running time
139 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office US$6.3 million[2]

Persona Non Grata (杉原千畝 スギハラチウネ) is a 2015 Japanese biographical drama film directed by Cellin Gluck. It depicts the life of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara who was appointed a vice-consul and later a consul in Lithuania and served there from 1939 to 1940 and who saved lives of some 6,000 Jewish refugees by issuing transit visas to the Japanese Empire.

Even though most of the film is set in Interwar Lithuania, various places in Poland were chosen for filming.


Chiune Sugihara (Toshiaki Karasawa) is a Japanese diplomat working in Lithuania. During World War II, he attempts to save many Jews from Nazi Germany by issuing transit visas to Japan. The film depicts Sugihara's life from the period when he was a student in Waseda University.




The North American premiere was part of the 2016 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) with five screenings, one each at five of the festival venues. The first screening was 31 January 2016 at SCADshow.[3]


The film grossed US$1.2 million on its opening weekend in Japan.[4]


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