Top of their game [videorecording] / Japanese American National Museum ; Media Arts Center presents ; producer/director, John Esaki ; executive producers, Karen Ishizuka, Robert A. Nakamura.

Video/Projected medium
Los Angeles, CA : Japanese American National Museum, c2000.
1 videocassette (62 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in.


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This film examines the legacy of athletic achievement and excellence in the Japanese American community. Capsule profiles of outstanding athletes from three generations and nine different sports reflect the rich diversity of experience within this community, which deployed sporting excellence as an effective deterrent to discrimination. Uses interviews, historical images, and action footage to tell the untold stories of Japanese Americans who rose to the "top of their game."
Creation/​Production credits
Editors, John Esaki, Veronica Ko ; original music, David Iwataki ; camera, Michael Chin, John Esaki, Ann Kaneko, Justin Lin ; series interviewers, Karleen Chinen, Karen Ishizuka, Amy E. Kato, Lewis Kawahara, Brian Niiya, Rick Noguchi ; "More Than a Game" exhibit project manager, Jennifer Mikami ; curator, Brian Niiya.
Time and place of event
Created in conjunction with the Japanese American National Museum exhibit "More Than a Game: Sport in the Japanese American Community" on display from March 4, 2000 through February 18, 2001.
System details
Kristi Yamaguchi-Olympic Gold Medalist figure skating (8:20) --Tommy Komo [and] Emerick Ishikawa-champion weightlifters (7:45) -- Wayne Miyata [and] Don Kadowaki-surfers surfboard designers (6:14) -- Judy Kikuta [and] Dusty Mizunoue-hall of fame bowlers (4:56) -- Bob Kinji Shibuya-professional wrestler (5:49) -- Wat Misaka-University of Utah national basketball champions (5:56) -- Ann Kiyomura Hayashi-Wimbledon champion (6:19) -- Wally Yonamine-pro football and hall of fame baseball player (5:45) -- Johnnie, Eric, [and] Chad Morton-family football dynasty (10:21).
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