December 7, 1941 - On what began as a typical Sunday morning, Tomi Nakaji and his best friend Billy Davis are playing baseball in a field near their homes in Hawaii when the Japanese launch a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. As Tomi looks up and recognizes the Blood-Red Sun emblem on the fighter planes, he knows that his life is about to change forever.
Soon, Tomi's Japanese American father and grandfather are arrested and taken to internment camps while his mother loses her job because she is Japanese. Although Tomi feels frightened and ashamed of his native land, he is quickly forced to hold his family together.
Facing bullying and prejudice, Tomi's best friend Billy stand up for him and stays by his side as their friendship rises above adversity in this unforgettable story of courage, honor, survival and friendship.
• 2016 Winner Best Feature Film - Park City International Film Festival
• 2016 Winner Best Feature Film - Love International Film Festival
• 2015 Winner Grand Jury Prize - San Diego International Film Festival
• 2015 Winner Spirit Award- International Family Film Festival
• 2015 Winner Best Feature Narrative- Disorient Asian American Film Festival
• 2015 Best Family Film - Big Island of Hawaii Film Festival
• 2014 Children’s Literary Association Phoenix Award Honor Book "for high literary merit and lasting significance”
UNDER THE BLOOD-RED SUN
From the award winning novel, this story of family and friendship features two young best friends, Billy and Tomi, whose worlds suddenly change during wartime.