Persona Non Grata (2015)


Introduction

Persona Non Grata (杉原千畝 スギハラチウネ, Sugihara Chiune) is a 2015 Japanese biographical drama film directed by Cellin Gluck.

It depicts the life of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara who was appointed a vice-consul and later a consul in Lithuania and served there from 1939 to 1940 and who saved lives of some 6,000 Jewish refugees by issuing transit visas to the Japanese Empire.

Also known as Sugihara Chiune (original title) and Persona Non Grata: The Chiune Sugihara Story.

Outline

Chiune Sugihara is a Japanese diplomat working in Lithuania. During World War II, with the help of Dutch diplomat Jan Zwartendijk, he attempts to save many Jews from Nazi Germany by issuing transit visas to Japan. The film depicts Sugihara’s life from the period when he was a student in Waseda University.

Cast

  • Toshiaki Karasawa – Chiune Sugihara.
  • Koyuki – Yukiko Sugihara (Chiune’s wife).
  • Borys Szyc – Pesh (ペシュ Pesshu).
  • Agnieszka Grochowska – Irina (イリーナ Irīna).
  • Fumiyo Kohinata – Ambassador Oshima.
  • Cezary Łukaszewicz [pl] – Wolfgang Gudze (グッジェ Gujje).
  • Michał Żurawski – Nyiszli (ニシェリ Nisheri).
  • Zbigniew Zamachowski – Avraham Goehner (ガノール社長 Ganōru-shachō).
  • Andrzej Blumenfeld – Chaim Rosenthal.
  • Takashi Tsukamoto – Minamikawa (南川欽吾).
  • Gaku Hamada – Tatsuo Osako (大迫辰雄 Ōsako Tetsuo).
  • Wenanty Nosul – Jan Zwartendijk.
  • Ken’ichi Takito – Ichiro Sekimitsu (関満一朗 Sekimitsu Ichirō).
  • Satoshi Nikaido – Saburo Nei (根井三郎 Nei Saburō).

Trivia

  • Even though most of the film is set in Interwar Lithuania, various places in Poland were chosen for filming.
  • The Polish cargo ship SS Sołdek also appeared in the movie.
  • The film grossed US$1.2 million on its opening weekend in Japan.
  • Sugihara was nicknamed “Senpo” because his name was difficult to pronounce.
    • “Senpo” is the alternative reading of the Chinese characters that form his name.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Gellin Gluck.
  • Producer(s):
    • Malgorzata Fogel-Gabrys … supervising producer.
    • Katarzyna Fukacz-Cebula … supervising producer.
    • Minami Ichikawa … chief executive producer.
    • Nobuyuki Iinuma … producer.
    • Yutaka Ishikawa … chief executive producer.
    • Tomoko Jo … chief executive producer.
    • Daisuke Kadoya … co-executive producer.
    • Inga Kruk … line producer.
    • Masakazu Kubo … chief executive producer.
    • Yoshikazu Kumagai … chief executive producer.
    • Jan Kwiecinski … associate producer.
    • Michal Kwiecinski … producer.
    • Yôzô Matsuda … chief executive producer.
    • Yôsuke Miyake … chief executive producer.
    • Yoshio Nakayama … chief executive producer.
    • Seiji Okuda … executive producer.
    • Yuzuru Satou … associate producer.
    • Satoko Tsuji … assistant producer.
    • Shin’ichirô Tsuzuki … chief executive producer.
    • Kazutoshi Wadakura … chief executive producer / producer.
  • Writer(s):
    • Tetsurô Kamata … (screenplay).
    • Hiromichi Matsuo … (screenplay).
  • Music:
    • Naoki Satô.
  • Cinematography:
    • Garry Waller.
  • Editor(s):
    • Jim Munro.
  • Production:
    • BS Nittere.
    • Chukyo TV Broadcasting Company (CTV).
    • Chunichi Shimbun.
    • Cine Bazar.
    • D.N. Dream Partners.
    • Dentsu.
    • Fukui Broadcasting.
    • Fukuoka Broadcasting System (FBS).
    • Hiroshima Telecasting (HTV).
    • JTB.
    • Miyagi Television Broadcasting.
    • Nippon Television Network (NTV).
    • Pony Canyon.
    • Protean Image Group.
    • Sapporo Television Broadcasting Company.
    • Shizuoka Daiichi Television.
    • Shogakukan.
    • Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions.
    • The Yomiuri Shimbun.
    • Toho Company.
    • Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation (YTV).
  • Distributor(s):
    • Golden Village Pictures (2016) (Singapore) (theatrical).
    • Toho Company (2015) (Japan) (theatrical).
    • AV Visionen Filmverleih (2018) (Germany) (DVD) (Kaze).
    • Nippon Television Network (NTV) (2017) (Japan) (TV).
    • Vilna Shul (2021) (USA) (video) (internet streaming).
  • Release Date: 13 October 2015 (Kaunas, Lithuania) (Premiere).
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 139 minutes.
  • Country: Japan.
  • Language: Japanese and English (subtitles).

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