FOUR-FOUR-TWO, F Company At War A Documentary Film by Peter Wakamatsu
This new documentary film is previewing on PBS stations across the country in May 2015. Six years in the making, filmmaker Peter Wakamatsu has created a compelling new story of the heroic Japanese Americans who fought in Italy and France during WW II.
This is the story of "F" Company of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the all Japanese American regiment of WW II. This film follows the exploits of F Company through the letters of 1st sergeant Jack Wakamatsu and interviews of five F Company veterans who recall in vivid detail their wartime experiences from witnessing the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to the Banzai charge up a hill in France where F Company completely annihilated a German infantry company.
In archival footage from the National Archives, F Company is seen moving up to the frontline the day before they launched their attack for the French town of Bruyeres. Filmmaker Peter Wakamatsu, son of 1st sergeant Jack Wakamatsu, has produced a unique war documentary in which the story is told through the eyes of the men who fought in combat.
About the Filmmaker This film was made entirely by Peter Wakamatsu. He is the sansei (third generation Japanese American) son of 1st Sgt. Jack Wakamatsu. This is his first film. Peter conceived the idea for the film, researched the historical records for the film which included three visits to the National Archives at College Park, Maryland. He conducted the interviews and shot the video himself traveling solo to Hawaii and Northern California. He also traveled to France and shot video of the actual battleground locations in and around the town of Bruyeres.
Peter works as a biostatistician at Children's Hospital Los Angeles where he is involved in pediatric cancer research. He has been a biostatistician for over 27 years during which time he has worked at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Kaiser Permanente and Amgen. He has a master's degree in biostatistics from UCLA and received his Bachelor of Arts in Geography from California State University Northridge (CSUN).