Strawberry Fields (1997 film)

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Strawberry Fields
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Directed by Rea Tajiri
Produced by Rea Tajiri
Jason Kliot
Hank Blumenthal
Written by Rea Tajiri
Kerri Sakamoto

Suzy Nakamura
James Sie
Reiko Matheiu
Heather Yoshimura
Marilyn Tokuda
Chris Tashima

Takayo Fischer
Music by Bundy Brown
Sooyoung Park
Cinematography Zachary Winestine
Edited by Steve Hamilton
James Lyons
Distributed by Vanguard Cinema (DVD)
Release date
Running time
90 min.
Country  United States
Language English

Strawberry Fields (1997) is an independent feature film directed by Japanese American filmmaker Rea Tajiri and co-written by Tajiri and Japanese Canadian author Kerri Sakamoto.


Strawberry Fields was filmed in Chicago, Illinois, and in California. It received funding from CPB, NEA and ITVS, and was completed in 1997. It premiered at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and was an Official Selection to the Venice Film Festival. It also screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival and won the Grand Prix at the Fukuoka Asian Film Festival. Film critic Roger Ebert called the film "... a moving piece of work." It was released on VHS and DVD by Vanguard Cinema.


The story of the film centers on Irene Kawai, a Japanese American teenager in Chicago in the 1970s who is haunted by a photo of her grandfather she never knew, standing by a barracks in a World War II internment camp for Japanese Americans. Prompted by visits from the ghost of Terri, her dead baby sister, Irene journeys with her boyfriend, Luke, on a road trip to Arizona, where the Poston War Relocation Center once stood, and where the photo of her grandfather was taken.


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  • The original title to the film was "What Happened to Her? and the Strawberry Fields."
  • The roles of "Takayo" and "Mark" were created for Takayo Fischer and Chris Tashima after the filmmakers met them during auditions for other roles.

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