Actress, Akiko Shima has been nominated for “Best Supporting Actress” & Actor, Naoyuki Ikeda has been nominated for “Best Supporting Actor” both for our film, American Hikikomori !
From our website – Akiko Shima is a Japanese actress who is best known for “Letters from Iwo Jima” directed by Clint Eastwood. She was born in Tokyo, Japan. She has loved and studied acting since she was eight years old. After graduating from high school, Akiko began her professional career as a radio personality performing for the popular program, “The Punch, Punch, Punch” (2nd generation) of Nippon Hoso (Nippon Broadcasting.) When she came to Los Angeles, she continued to work for Japanese Radio and TV stations including UTB as a broadcaster for over 20 years, and also worked for an English business channel program, Theater and voice-overs. After she joined various actors’ unions, she has enjoyed working as an actress in America. Her work in film includes “Letters from Iwo Jima”, “The 8th Samurai”, “Ghost Month”, “Usagi-san”, and “Masterless.” She has also worked in TV commercials and numerous voice-overs. Akiko is very grateful to have been able to work with the wonderful and talented director, cast, and crew of “American
From our website, Naoyuki Ikeda is a Japanese film actor and producer. Born and raised in Nagoya, Japan, Naoyuki graduated from Tsuru University in 1992. After spending 13 years teaching English in Japan, Naoyuki decided to move to LA to be a Hollywood film actor. He has been studying the Meisner Technique at Playhouse West since 2010. Past theatre roles include “Musical Gonza?Bokyono-Uta?”, “Shioawaseno Hakarikata”, and “Burai”. Past film credits include “Blue Dream”, “The Bitch That Cried Wolf”. Upcoming films include “Satanica”, “Hunter”, and “Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance”.
About the Festival:
From the Japanese American National Museum: “The Asians on Film Festival grew out of the website asiansonfilm.com, now a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting under-recognized Asians and Asian Americans working in the film industry.
The annual festival, hosted by JANM, showcases nearly 100 of the best short films submitted to the website over the past year.”
Our film is playing Friday, March 11th @ 10PM. Tickets are on sale here.
Sunday, March 13th @10:30PM is the Awards Ceremony!
After the awards ceremony AOF is hosting an After Party at:
347 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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