Seemingly small roles play a huge part in every story.

First and foremost we’d like to thank Vanessa Smith, Tony Shaff, Kyoka Shiraiwa, Jessica Everleth, “Nonbehime,” and our anonymous donors for contributing to our INDIEGOGO campaign! We could not do this without your support.

The Fujihara Family

It has been said, “There are no small roles in a film, only small people.” And I’m a witness; a true believer. From the moment I started learning about who Hikikomori are and how important family dynamics play into their psychosis AND recovery I knew I needed something to symbolize the typical family. Why not a family photo?

Nami Paix
Isamu’s Mother (portrayed by Nami Paix)

For the story we’re trying to tell, we needed someone to fill in the role of Isamu’s mother. In context of the film, Isamu’s Mother has already left the family after having an affair and divorce. Thus, Isamu’s mother never makes an on screen appearance outside of a photograph. For some reason, casting this film in Los Angeles proved to be more of a challenge than we had originally anticipated. Especially when you need native speakers. We posted casting advertisements for months on casting sites and forum boards but it just didn’t seem like anyone was interested or took us seriously… until we found Nami Paix. Thank you, Nami for taking the time to hang out with us on a random Saturday to take some pictures for our small film. The thirty minutes you spent with us has enhanced a project we’ve spent the last two years developing.

Step 1 in making a prop family photo… taking the photo.

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Author: hikikomori78

American Hikikomori is an upcoming short film that explores the emotional struggles of a Japanese teenager named Isamu Fujihara, when he moves to America.

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