In an internment camp during WWII, promising young pitcher Lyle Nomura's father proposes a baseball game between the local townsfolk and the Japanese internees as a way to defuse mounting tensions.
American PastimeStarring Yoo Aaron and Rulin Oleysa
American Pastime starring Aaron Yoo, Gary Cole, and Leonardo Nam
Writer/Director Desmond Nakano portrays an often overlooked facet of American history in his film, American Pastime, taking audiences into the Japanese internment camps during World War II through the eyes of the Lyle Nomura and his family, Americans of Japanese descent.
Soon after the Pearl Harbor attack, Lyle Nomura and his family are relocated to a remote internment camp from Los Angeles to Utah. As a result, Lyle, a promising young pitcher, loses his baseball scholarship. At the internment camp, Lyle encounters Billy Burrell, a career minor league catcher who is also one of the military guards in charge of policing the camp. Tensions between the two mount when Lyle begins to date Burrell’s daughter. Lyle’s father proposes a game between the local baseball team, captained by the hateful Burrell, and a team consisting of the Japanese American internees.
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