On Paper Wings (2008)


This poignant documentary from filmmaker Illana Sol sheds light on the Japanese and American civilians affected by the notorious balloon bombs developed by Japan during WWII and illuminates both the best and worst of human nature.


In 1945, a Japanese balloon bomb claimed the lives of the only people killed on the continental US as the result of enemy action during WWII.

This documentary examines the emotional journey of several Japanese women who were forced as young girls to work in the factories responsible for manufacturing the weapons.

Forty years later, the decision to fold a thousand paper cranes would unite the Japanese and American civilians who were involved in and affected by this incident.

“On Paper Wings” is the story of four Japanese women who worked on balloon bombs, the families of those killed in the US, and the man whose actions brought them all together forty years after WWII, and the balloon bomb project.

Production & Filming Details

  • Narrator(s):
    • Trish Egan.
  • Director(s):
    • Ilana Sol.
  • Producer(s):
    • Ilana Sol … producer.
  • Writer(s):
  • Music:
    • Peter Broderick.
    • JP Denning.
    • Asa Gervich.
    • Tara Jane O’Neil.
    • Eric Schopmeyer.
  • Cinematography:
  • Editor(s):
    • Kate Schoninger.
  • Production:
    • Film Is Forever Productions.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Filmbaby.com (2008) (World-wide) (DVD).
  • Release Date: 04 May 2008 (Klamath County Museum, US) and September 2008 (New York Peace Film Festival, US).
  • Running Time: 67 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English and Japanese.

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