The historical drama Interrogation: Lives and Trials of the Kamloops Kid will receive two encore performances on Wednesday, November 18 at Toronto’s Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court. Matinee at 1:00 pm and evening performance at 7:00 pm. Duration, approximately one hour.
Tickets are $20 ($18 for seniors, students, and JCCC members) and can be purchased by phoning the JCCC 416-441-2345 or at the door.
Based on the lives of Kanao Inouye (a.k.a. “the Kamloops Kid”), and his sister Martha as they experienced WWII—Kanao as a displaced Canadian serving in the Imperial Japanese Army, and Martha as a law-abiding Canadian forced from her west coast home and into an internment camp in the interior of British Columbia—the story is tricky to tell in a one-hour drama, because it is about a complicated historical period for these children of immigrants caught in a cultural no-man’s land. The limbo between the land of their parents (Japan) and the land of their birth (Canada). Actors Loretta Yu (OMNI Television’s Blood and Water) and Benaldo Yeung, both children of immigrants (albeit in a different era), contributed to the shaping of the script written by Evan Mackay and Karri Yano.
When thinking about the impact of war, on Remembrance Day or any other day, we must consider the suffering and sacrifices of soldiers and of civilians, on both sides of the conflict.
Here, once again, is a nine-minute segment which was broadcast on CBC Radio Kamloops earlier this year, including an interview myself (co-writer and director of Interrogation: Lives and Trials of the Kamloops Kid), followed by a clip of Canadian veteran Tom Forsyth, who had been held as a prisoner of war in Hong Kong, remembering the man who became known as the Kamloops Kid.