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. The film is showing in Oregon, beginning this year. On the coast, the 48-minute film debuts in Astoria’s Liberty Theater at 5 p.m. October 25 as part of the Astoria International Film Festival.

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 Tickets to the Astoria screening are at

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