AVAILABLE NOW streaming - for online rental or purchase see:
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/nevergiveup
The EDUCATIONAL PACKAGE also available through the Oregon Nikkei Endowment.
Click HERE for description and order form.

Holly Yasui, Producer and Co-director

Holly is Min and True Yasui’s youngest daughter. She studied film at the University of Southern California and at the University of Wisconsin-Madiosn but did not continue to work in the field. Instead she focused on writing, editing, and graphic design which she practiced and taught in Seattle, Washington before moving to Mexico where she now lives. Since retiring from a grass-roots community development center in 2013, she has devoted full-time to the Minoru Yasui Tribute project, co-founded with Peggy Nagae, Min Yasui’s attorney.

Will Doolittle, Co-director, Camera & Editor

With over 30 years in media production, Will Doolittle has produced and directed numerous short documentaries, on a variety of issues, including wetlands protection, farm worker rights, indigenous ceremonial rights, and honoring cultural diversityas well as tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and César Chávez.  In 2013, Will released his first feature-length documentary, Dancing Salmon Home.  He is the sole owner of Moving Image Productions, LLC, in Eugene, Oregon.

George Takei, Film Narrator

George, best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in the acclaimed television and film series Star Trek is an actor, social justice activist, social media mega-power, star of the Broadway musical Allegiance, and subject of To Be Takei, a documentary on his life and career. His first book, an autobiography, To the Stars, was published in 1994, and in 2012 he published, Oh Myyy! There Goes The Internet, and its sequel in 2013, Lions And Tigers And Bears: The Internet Strikes Back. Mashable.com has named Takei the most-influential person on Facebook (8.98 million likes). He has 1.75 million followers on Twitter.

Shoji Kameda, Composer

Shoji is a Grammy nominated musician, composer and producer.

He started playing taiko at the age of 8. He was selected as an Asian Pacific Performance Exchange fellow, collaborating with master artists from the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the USA. Founding member of On Ensemble and primary creative force he produced critically acclaimed albums Dust and Sand, Ume in the Middle and Bizarre Heroes. In 2013 On Ensemble performed at the National Theater of Japan in their prestigious “Nihon no Taiko” series. Shoji's compositions are performed by groups around the world.

Michele Connor, Associate Producer

Michele Connor was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She moved to the U.S. to attend the University of Southern California in 1973. After graduation, she worked for Sanrio Film, eventually branching out on her own to become an independent production manager for Japanese filmmakers and TV. She now resides in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where she moved in 1989.

Jillian Toda, Associate Producer

Jillian is a fourth generation Japanese American raised in Oregon, close to Min’s hometown of Hood River. She graduated from Willamette University with degrees in business, media studies and ethnic studies. She currently does marketing at Providence Health & Services in Portland, Oregon and is an avid volunteer with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO).

  • Facebook App Icon
  • Twitter App Icon
  • Google+ App Icon

JOIN our email list