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Biography

Daniel Junot Lee's favorite films combine childlike wonder with thorough authenticity. He was a published author at the age of 17 for his history thesis paper on American military involvement in the first phase of the Korean War. His journey took him from working under a senior political advisor in Washington D.C. to now working with at-risk youth in his hometown Los Angeles. His personal mission is to use storytelling to promote empathy and to battle the prevailing cynicism of this generation.

RISING SON

Daniel Junot Lee
Drama Action & Adventure

In this magical realism-tinged tale, a Japanese-American grandfather shares his memories of serving in the U.S. Army's 442nd Infantry Regiment--the "Purple Heart Battalion," the most decorated combat unit in US history-- with fanciful stories to mask the trauma, but the truth cannot be hidden…