Good Luck Soup

America ReFramed Season 5
  • Feature Film
  • 2017
  • 60 Mins

For filmmaker Matthew Hashiguchi, growing up half Japanese/half Italian in a white Irish-Catholic neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, was a difficult experience. In Good Luck Soup, Hashiguchi sets out on a journey to discover how the rest of his multi-racial family made sense of their lives and their Japanese American heritage. Surprisingly, he finds a role model in his elderly Japanese grandmother, who lived through internment during World War II but now says, "I am Japanese but my mind is modern and US, freedom."

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Film Credits

  • Scott Jung Chops Music
  • Nathaniel Dorsky Consulting Editor
  • Matthew Hashiguchi Director/Producer/Editor

Critical Acclaim

Hashiguchi takes the viewer on this journey... and what it means to have grown... mixed- race in Cleveland within the historical framework of his grandmother’s World War II experiences.

Priscilla Wu, Hyphen Magazine