Coastal Film Recounts Bombing, Reconciliation

Less than 20 years after World War II, members of the Brookings Junior Chamber of Commerce invited the Japanese pilot who had bombed the forest a few miles from the city.  Nobuo Fujita accepted the invitation in 1962 and brought with him a gift of reconciliation: a Samurai sword that had been in the pilot’s family for 400 years.

The incredible story of the 1942 attack  — the only bombs dropped on US mainland — and the controversial friendship between Brookings citizens and Fujita’s family, is the basis of the new film, Samurai in the Oregon Sky. On the coast, the 48-minute film will show at Coos Bay’s Egyptian Theatre as part of the Oregon Coast Film Festival on January 24 and 25. Documentary filmmaker Ilana Sol also welcomes the chance to show the film at other public venues on the coast, including schools, libraries and theaters. For more information or to book a screening, visit the website

Almost 20 films will be shown at the annual Oregon Coast Film Festival. More information about the Festival is available at