LIVES INTERRUPTED: The Takuma Ito & Go Matsuura Story

Welcome to the official Ito-Matsuura film website!

The Fall 2014 dates for the Ito-Matsuura Film Series are as follows:
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 - 7PM at the Grand Annex
Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 - 7PM at the Grand Annex
Wednesday, October 14th, 2014 - 7PM at the Grand Annex
Films TBD

LIVES INTERRUPTED: The Takuma Ito & Go Matsuura Story will be airing next on

PBS SoCal's HD channel on Sunday, May 18th at 6PM.

Three of the best indie narrative films that played at the L.A. Int'l Film Festival 2013 are scheduled to be brought to Marymount California University for the fall edition of the Ito-Matsuura Film Series.

The Series will play on Wednesdays at 7:00PM at the Warner Grand Annex on 6th Street in San Pedro,
adjacent to the Warner Grand Theatre

The directors of these films will speak after the screening in an extended Q & A.

ALL TOGETHER NOW on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 (Alexander Mirecki, Director)

Click one of the films above to learn more. On each site you'll find a press kit and trailer.

Save the dates to these free events for all students, faculty, and residents on the South Bay community as we celebrate the memory of Takuma Ito and Go Matsuura whose journey into the world of filmmaking was tragically interrupted.

Bruce Schwartz's poignant documentary examines the life and death of two film students

from Japan who were attending Marymount College back in 1994 and lost their lives in a car

jacking in San Pedro, CA. The shooter, Raymond Butler, was caught, tried and has been

on Death Row in San Quentin Prison since 1995. Schwartz, who chairs an annual film series

which honors the two boys, traveled to Japan in 2012 to interview the families of

the boys to set their shortened lives into perspective. Also featured are interviews with the

president of the College at the time, friends, and colleagues. The surge of violence in America

is explored and compared to the absence of violence in Japanese society. This film was honored

by the United States Congress with a certificate of commendation.


$ 20 USD

Takuma Ito and Go Matsuura came from Japan to Los Angeles, California to study filmmaking and pursue their dream of becoming filmmakers. They wanted to educate themselves, make friends, and be part of American culture. On March 25, 1994, they were tragically slain in a car jacking/robbery in San Pedro, California, their lives taken by a troubled San Pedro gang member.

18 years later, the horrendous events remain ingrained in those who knew the boys. Bruce R. Schwartz, a professor at Marymount College where these two boys attended, has made a documentary about what happened and has offered a homage to Takuma Ito and Go Matsuura in this feature documentary.

LIVES INTERRUPTED: The Takuma Ito & Go Matsuura Story runs an hour and 26 minutes, divided into eleven chapters.

Tune in Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 6 at 5 a.m. to PBS So Cal Plus (Channel 50.2). Also screening on the following channels: Time Warner Channel 235, Cox 810, Verizon Fios 470, and Charter 314.