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American Pastime

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, a Japanese-American family is forced to leave Los Angeles for an internment camp in the desert town of Abraham, Utah. An opening party scene establishes the family as typical Americans, eating hamburgers, talking baseball, and swinging to Glenn Miller; one of the sons is a talented pitcher, and after the relocation his skill emboldens his fellow internees to challenge the bigoted townspeople to a game, with a peculiar bet riding on the outcome. Writer-director Desmond Nakano paints some of the characters in broad strokes, but his feature is undeniably heartfelt. With Gary Cole and Aaron Yoo. In English and subtitled Japanese. 102 min.

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