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Part of the Consulates General of Mexico & Japan’s Japan-Mexico Bi-National Week.

This documentary depicts a former Japanese gang member named KEI who spent more than 10 years in U.S. prisons and encountered Chicano gang members. His experiences enlightened and changed him forever, and in this film, KEI looks back at his rough time with the Japanese gang (“YAKUZA”) and how he appreciates and cherishes his close friendships with former Chicano gang members.

KEI was caught during an FBI narcotic sting operation and served 10 years in prison. While serving his time, KEI met Chicano gang members and was surprised by the strong kinship they had with each other and their family values, which KEI never had before. Eventually he became one of them, and his friendship with them continued after he was released from the prison to the present day.

After KEI went back to Japan, he opened his own production company of CDs, DVDs, movies, fashion, and tattoos called “Homie Brand”, and he also established an organization which helps troubled kids. He occasionally visits East Los Angeles to meet his former Chicano gang friends.

HOMIE KEI – Japanese Gangsta Became Chicano-
(73mins, 2018)
Directed by Masa Sakamaki
*In Japanese with English subtitles


CCCM Mexican Center for Culture and Cinematic Arts
2401 West 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057
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