Directed by: Tadashi Nakamura 2012 | 90 min.

Section: Creative Lab: Sound X Vision

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere


Sponsored by:

93.9 JAMZ

Center for Asian American Media

Creative Industries Division, DBEDT

Island 98.5 FM


Pacific Islanders in Communications

PBS Hawaii

STAR 101.9 FM

JAKE SHIMABUKURO: LIFE ON FOUR STRINGS follows the rise of Hawaiʻi’s ukulele virtuoso from bedroom practice sessions to worldwide acclaim.  Family video reveals how Jake’s passion for the ukulele helped him cope with his parents’ divorce and emerge on the local music scene in Hawaiʻi with the band Pure Heart. Jake’s musical skill, relentless touring, effortless charisma, and a little help from YouTube are key elements to his transition to the world stage with an instrument revered in Hawaii, but formerly relegated to novelty acts worldwide.  This documentary follows Jake as he tours throughout the U.S. and Japan from arenas to elementary schools, senior centers, and tsunami-ravaged Sendai.  No stage is too big or too small to share his joy of the ukulele and as Jake tours you will witness his development as a man and musician trying to stay humble while dealing with the unique success of being a ukulele master

Directed by Tadashi Nakamura (YELLOW BROTHERHOOD, PILGRIMAGE, A SONG FOR OURSELVES), JAKE SHIMABUKURO: LIFE ON FOUR STRINGS goes behind the amazing performances to tell the story of the charming musician who has captivated the world with his music. 

Synopsis written by: Jeff Kent


Tuesday, October 16 8:00 PM Hawaii Theatre Center Date Passed
Tuesday, October 30 7:00 PM Hilo Palace Theater Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Tadashi Nakamura
Producer Donald Young
Executive Producer Ruth Bolan, Stephen Gong
Cinematographer Naalehu Anthony, Jim Choi, Tadashi Nakamura

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