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  • Summary: The Manzanar Fishing Club began as a lecture, walking tour and artifacts exhibit to raise awareness of the internees who slipped away under the cover of night to find freedom and adventure matching wits with the prized trout of the Sierra Nevada's high-altitude lakes and streams. This creative treatment of actual events is the brainchild of cinematographer-turned-director Cory Shiozaki. An avid fisherman whose parents were among the 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent who were rounded up in the immediate aftermath of Pearl Harbor, Cory has spent the past six years chronicling the untold story of this overlooked chapter in U.S. history. The project moved to the next level when fellow anglers and video production company principals Lester Chung and John Gengl proposed interviewing the surviving internee fishermen for a documentary film. (From Barbed Wire to Barbed Hooks)
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  1. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Sep 12, 2012
    The historical road less traveled - shot in re-enactments that are obviously familiar with the terrain - is beguiling enough.
  2. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Sep 12, 2012
    At its best, the film uses fishing as a window into the internment experience. At its worst, it uses the internment story as the backdrop for a documentary on trout fishing.
  3. Reviewed by: David DeWitt
    Sep 13, 2012
    The time with these survivors is appreciated, as who knows how much longer we'll have access to this living history. But I'd rather have heard them describe something other than bait, or how their fishing rods advanced from willow to bamboo to items from the Sears catalog.
  4. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Sep 13, 2012
    The Manzanar Fishing Club has enough interesting footage for perhaps a 15-minute segment of a TV news magazine. Beyond that, my eyes started to glaze over with endless talk about rods, reels and bait.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Sep 15, 2012
    It's a nice little human interest story, but hardly seems worthy of this full-length treatment.