Derek Mio stars as Chester Nakamura. George Takei (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated; Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword; Bug Buster; Star Trek) is both a series consultant and cast regular as Yamato-san.
Set during World War II, the ten-episode season focuses on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a Japanese-American community, and a young man’s journey to understand and combat the malevolent entity responsible.
Takei has talked about the series with SYFYWire before a screening of the Infamy series premiere at the ATX Television Fest in Austin, Texas. “It’s a very timeless series,” he said. “It riffs on the horror stories that we tell, but it’s also a chapter of authentic American history, fused with the ancient ghost stories of Japan, Kaidan, and carrying a lesson for us today — because it’s being repeated time and time again.”
Takei also discussed his experience with genre fiction, something he knows a bit about, and how it can treat people of Asian descent:
Genre can stereotype. That’s been constantly repeated from the beginning of, well, the media. Whether it’s newspapers or radio or movies, television or the stage, Asians and Asian-Americans have always been characterized by unattractive stereotypes. The quiet servant, the buffoon, the comic, or the villain — either villainous soldiers or Fu Manchus. Because the media has been so powerful in selling these stereotypes, it was easy for the government, when they got stampeded by war hysteria, to incarcerate us.
Takei is speaking from experience. As a little boy, he spent three years in Japanese internment camps in Arkansas and Northern California.
Showrunner Alexander Woo first hired Takei to work on the show as a consultant, however soon decided to create a role for the veteran actor. He plays Yamato-san, a community elder and tuna-boxing champion, a man steeped in the lore and traditions of old Japan. His knowledge of ancient Japanese folklore and ghost stories becomes particularly important when the hauntings begin.
The Terror: Infamy will premiere on Monday, August 12, 2019.
The Terror: Infamy began production on January 14, 2019, in Vancouver, Canada.
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