1. Describe Sugihara’s attitude towards foreigners. How is it different from the attitudes of many of his contemporaries (people living or occurring at the same time)? You may also want to refer to the interviews with historians Carol Gluck and David Kranzler for more information.

2. How do you think Sugihara’s experience in China affected him and his later actions? What do you think motivated him?

3. Do you agree with the filmmaker’s implication that the Bushido code was an important influence on Sugihara and his decision to defy his government? Review the description of Bushido. What are examples from his life where he seems to be following this code? Where he seems to be going against it?

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