Our first Video Review!!

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The folks over at Cinema Nippon enjoyed our film so much, they decided to do a video review of it.

What is Cinema Nippon?

From their Youtube channel: “Cinema Nippon, a study in Japanese film. On this channel, you’ll find videos analyzing some cult classic Japanese movies, as well as some more obscure ones.”

Who doesn’t like film? What film fan doesn’t want to learn more about Japanese Film?

Eli and Kylie are genuine cinema fans and really do their homework. It’s very refreshing to feel how excited and passionate they are to share these films with their growing fan base. After subscribing to their channel myself, I have discovered a few more films I need to check out.

We are very grateful for Cinema Nippon’s review and their excitement in sharing our film with their followers!

You can view our episode here or here.

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What do you want more than anything?

 

About four years ago, in the mid summer of 2012, I set out to make a short film about Hikikomori. I set up this blog in hopes of connecting to other filmmakers and people who like the same things I like.

I also set out to tell a story about something I had never heard of, growing up in America, but very quickly came to empathize with. Despite its Japanese origins, I feel like I understand why some people become Hikikomori.

It just spoke to me and I had to tell this story.

Is happiness (with your life and dreams) supposed to be about the destination or the journey?

At this point in my life, it’s both and it’s a fleeting happiness. I think this is the blessing and the curse of making movies or telling stories. Once it’s done. You’re back at zero but you welcome it because the process won’t be the same experience the next time around. The people you will meet along the way will inspire you as well as challenge you. The art form completely has you at it’s mercy but there’s no other way you’d rather spend your time.

This film took me longer than I thought, cost more than I thought, and I still manage to meet people who are willing to help me. It’s very humbling and truly amazing.

 

What you do I want more than anything?

I guess I want to keep doing this.

I’m already writing and researching the next film.

What you do you want more than anything?

 

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Hikikomori Italia! (Review)

We have a our first international review!

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translated from Italian by Marco Crepaldi

The main character, Isamu, moves from Japan to the United States with his divorced father and paternal grandmother. Isamu is an intelligent guy, but he’s left completely alone to face the process of cultural integration. His new classmates don’t show any patience with him and even his teacher, who should support him, is totally unsympathetic. So Isamu decides to drop out of school and withdraws himself to his bedroom, clashing with the concerns and the anger of his father.

I found “American Hikikomori” technically accurate, charming in shots and in music. The short film covers some of the main issues related to Hikikomori, such as the absence of the father, the difficulty in relating with classmates and teachers, and the hypersensitivity that is often found in guys who decide to isolate themselves.

The finale forces the viewer to reflect on the paradoxical condition of Hikikomori, the more they try to get away from the others and the more they become dependent on them. This reflection can be extended to the entire human existence, because basically we are all alone and, at the same time, inextricably linked.

Link to the original Italian review: http://bit.ly/1VKuy6V

A big “ありがとうございました!” to  Marco Crepaldi for his wonderful review via his blog Hikikomori Italia AND for volunteering his time to translate our film’s subtitles into the Italian language.

I am absolutely humbled, flattered, and grateful. Our first batch of sales via Vimeo have actually been in Italy! To me that speaks volumes about how the Hikikomori phenomenon is no longer isolated to Japan.

If you would like to contribute in the effort of translating our film into another language OR simply learn more about our film or the filmmakers, you can contact us at:

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American Hikikomori is now available on Vimeo on Demand!

American Hikikomori from Landis Stokes on Vimeo.

It’s been a long but rewarding journey from script to screen. We are proud to present our short film as the labor of love we truly intended it to be.

Please support us by spreading the word, following us on social media, or just leaving a comment. We are grateful for the opportunity share our story with you.

*Buy our film on Memorial Day (with promo code “MemDay2016”) and get $2 off! Code use is limited to 500 downloads (first come, first served)

Official selection of:

DC Asian Pacific Film Festival
Ithaca Pan Asian American Film Festival
Asians on Film Festival
World Film Awards
Indie Night Film Festival
Best Shorts Competition
Japan Film Festival Los Angeles
Film Fest 52
New Haven International Film Festival
Culver City Film Festival

AWARDS

Best Supporting Actress – 2015 Asians on Film Jury Selection
Honorable Mention Best Supporting Actor – 2015 Asians on Film Jury Selection
Golden World Award for International Film – 2015 World Film Awards
Award of Merit – 2015 Best Shorts Competition
JFFLA 2015 Submission Award – 2015 Japan Film Festival Los Angeles (presented by UTB Hollywood)
Best Supporting Actress – 2016 Asians on Film Festival

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Woohoo, 100 Followers!

Just received notice that our sporadic, but dedicated, blog has reached 100 followers!

Thank you for following our journey, sharing our interests, and engaging our commentary for the last several years. It means a lot and is I am very grateful to have you.

We’ve slowed down  but are still going, so stay tuned…

ありがとうございました!

WINNER: Best Supporting Actress

Akiko Shima won Best Supporting Actress for her role in our film American Hikikomori at the 4th Annual Asians on Film Festival !

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Actor Naoyuki Ikeda, Actress Akiko Shima, Producer Kana Watanabe, Director Landis Stokes

From the Asians on Film Festival website:

Asians on Film started as something small in 2010 as a way to promote Asian American minorities in Hollywood and break down stereotypes and create more representation in film and TV.

As the audience grew, so did AOF. Before long, we expanded into providing free services in support of talent and events that matched our mission:

Asians on Film is devoted to arts & entertainment with a primary focus in providing recognition to the talent of Asian/Pacific Islanders who are minorities in the film industry either as talents, filmmakers and/or those who work in other aspects of filmmaking.

In 2012, AOF started a short film festival in Los Angeles designed differently from all other festivals and with judges actually kept from the public to ensure as much fairness as possible in the process. Programming was done based on weighted average of the judges. All of this was due to the under-representation of Asian Americans at film festivals, and as a short film festival, specifically to focus attention on new and emerging talent.

The festival now in it’s fourth year has grown dramatically with over 300 submissions last year and 17 festival awards. The festival has also expanded to include special screenings of “Best of Fest” throughout the year in other cities with a goal of having screenings in Asia and Europe in 2016.

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Post Screening Q&A. Watch it here
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Akiko Shima accepting her Best Supporting Actress Award

ありがとうございました to AOFF for your hospitality and for the opportunity to showcase our film in your wonderful festival. We always felt welcomed and absolutely loved the congenial atmosphere.

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Actor Naoyuki Ikeda, Producer Kana Watanabe, Director Landis Stokes, Composer Karin Okada

We are very proud and honored by Akiko Shima’s Best Supporting Actress win as well as Naoyuki Ikeda’s Best Supporting Actor nomination.

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Actress Akiko Shima, Actor Yuto Serata, Producer Kana Watanabe, Director Landis Stokes, Actor Naoyuki Ikeda

Photos courtesy of Mike Barnum, Naoyuki Ikeda and Steve Lam Photo
Instagram: SteveLamPhoto

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For your consideration…

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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 !

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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

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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”.

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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:

FAR BAR
347 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 617-9990
www.farbarla.com

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