The Orange Story

DIRECTOR: Erika Street
PRODUCERS: Eugene Sun Park, Jason Matsumoto
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jerry Matsumoto, Lynne Matsumoto, Rick Morimoto, Joyce Morimoto
GENRE: Historical Drama
FORMAT: Short Film, Transmedia


February 1942. President Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, which authorizes the forced “relocation" of 120,000 ethnic Japanese from their homes and into incarceration camps throughout the U.S.

Koji Oshima is the proud owner of a small corner grocery store, but he must now abandon everything and report to an assembly center. His belongings, his business – everything must be sold or left behind, except what he can carry in one large duffel bag.

Up against a wall, Koji receives only one low-ball offer for his store, which he has no choice but to accept. The lone bright spot during this turmoil is the friendship Koji develops with a precocious nine-year-old girl. On the day of his departure, however, Koji is saddened to learn that even this friendship has been tainted by the larger forces of fear and wartime hysteria.


Best Lead Actor
Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival

Silver Whiskers Award

Best Historical Short
Hyart Film Festival

Best Short Narrative
Boston Asian American Film Festival

Audience Choice Award — Best Fiction
Chicago Feminist Film Festival

Best Heritage Short Film
Tribute Film Festival

Audience Favorite — Short Film
Show Me Justice Film Festival

Best Short — Panavision Prize
Thin Line Fest

Audience Favorite — Historical Short
Riverside International Film Festival