Strawberry Fields (1997 film)

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Strawberry Fields
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Directed byRea Tajiri
Produced byRea Tajiri
Jason Kliot
Hank Blumenthal
Written byRea Tajiri
Kerri Sakamoto
StarringSuzy Nakamura

James Sie
Reiko Matheiu
Heather Yoshimura
Marilyn Tokuda
Chris Tashima

Takayo Fischer
Music byBundy Brown
Sooyoung Park
CinematographyZachary Winestine
Edited bySteve Hamilton
James Lyons
Distributed byVanguard Cinema (DVD)
Release date
Running time
90 min.
CountryUnited States

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


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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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. It was released on VHS and DVD by Vanguard Cinema.


Film critic Roger Ebert called the film "... a moving piece of work."

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