CIFF47: PSQ March 22 – April 1, 2023 | Streams April 2 – April 9, 2023

Good Luck Soup

Year: 2015
Country: United States
Run Time: 57 minutes

Good Luck Soup
Good Luck Soup
Good Luck Soup


“I don't want to be Japanese!” filmmaker Matthew Hashiguchi recalls yelling at his father. Growing up Japanese-American in a predominantly white Irish-Catholic neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, Matthew wondered what made him different, why he stood out. Years later he set out to document his family's experiences of being Japanese in America before, during, and after World War II. GOOD LUCK SOUP explores several generations assimilating into a new culture while preserving their own. Grandmother Eva takes the narrative reins. With great charm and openness, the family takes us on a warm, honest, and sometimes shocking journey of prejudice and triumph. Beginning with the family's arrival in the early 1900s, we encounter the infamous Japanese Internment Camps during the war, a post-war welcome extended by Cleveland, and the different views and challenges each succeeding generation faces. Good Luck Soup is eaten on New Year’s to bring hope and luck for the year. By partaking in this GOOD LUCK SOUP, we hope to continue to grow towards acceptance. –C.R.

Good Luck Soup is part of a multi-platform project that also includes the interactive web documentary Good Luck Soup Interactive, featured in the Perspectives exhibition.

Matthew Hashiguchi

Matthew Hashiguchi is an award-winning photojournalist, writer, editor, and director. He has a B.A. in Photojournalism from The Ohio State University and an M.F.A. in Visual and Media Art from Emerson College. He is an Assistant Professor in Multimedia Film and Production at Georgia Southern University.


Matthew Hashiguchi

Matthew Hashiguchi

Matthew Hashiguchi

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