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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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Ashinoko Lake – Hikone, Japan

A day trip we took back in December 2015.

From Wikipedia:

Lake Ashi (芦ノ湖 Ashi-no-ko?), also referred to as Hakone Lake or Ashinoko Lake, is a scenic lake in theHakone area of Kanagawa Prefecture in Honshū, Japan. It is a crater lake that lies along the southwest wall of thecaldera of Mount Hakone, a complex volcano that last erupted in 1170 CE at Owakudani. The lake is known for its views of Mt. Fuji, its numerous hot springs, historical sites, and ryokan. The lake is located on the Tokaido road, the main link between Kyoto and Tokyo. A number of pleasure boats and ferries traverse the lake, providing scenic views for tourists and passengers. Several of the boats are inspired by the design of sailing warships.

The name means “lake of reeds” in Japanese: 芦 (ashi) is “reed”, and 湖 (ko) is “lake”. The abundance of nature makes it popular with hikers. There are many trails with different levels of challenge.

American Hikikomori is in the 2016 Asians on Film Festival!

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American Hikikomori, has been selected for screening at the 2016 Asians on Film Festival taking place March 1013 at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

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The venue and theater are amazing! The screening schedule, festival events, and details can be found on our Facebook page.

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We hope you are able to attend.

Congrats to Ms. Akiko Shima and Naoyuki Ikeda for their Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor nominations! We are very proud of you.

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American Hikikomori @ the Culver City Film Festival

American Hikikomori is an official selection of the Culver City Film Festival!

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It will screen as part of the festival’s short block. You can get more info about the festival at: http://ow.ly/Vj14r

Come out and see our short film for FREE!!

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American Hikikomori is in the NEW HAVEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL!

Great news!

American Hikikomori is an OFFICIAL SELECTION of the NEW HAVEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL!

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Our short film will play as part of the “Shorts Internationale – 12 Non-Discriminating Shorts For Discriminating Tastes” program. Please share the great news and go check out the festival if you’re in the neighborhood.

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We are grateful and proud to have another opportunity to share our story.

I am truly grateful.

For more information or questions, email us at:

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YouTuber Doc: Black In Japan

One of our friends (thx Misty!!) told us about this great documentary, Black In Japan, by YouTubers Rachel & Jun.

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I personally loved it and think it’s worth a watch if you have any questions about visiting or living in the land of the rising son. Great perspectives and open minds. (Especially how African-Americans look at each other.) I love chill people and want to be friends with everyone they interviewed. No one sugar-coats their experience but they also don’t come across as being bitter, either.

I take nothing for granted with the relationship I have with my wife AND how her family has accepted me. Respect is a two-way street we constantly need to be mindful of when traveling the world and experiencing other people.

Personally, I can vouch for the staring when you’re in the country side or smaller towns. My wife has always been the first person to remind me how most places have very low interaction with foreigners, if any. So I chalk it up to curiosity and have won some of my own starring contests. Lol. But I’ve mentioned some of this before.

Overall my experiences (when we visit) have been great and I agree that it will always vary from person to person. There have been some awkward and not so great moments here and there but nothing that keeps us from going to see our people. I think (as with most places in the world) if you keep an open mind and try to stay around positive people / energy, you’ll have a great time.

Great video!!

Also check out their brilliant video about Cultural Appropriation!

#RealTalk #OpenUrMind

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American Hikikomori is in FilmFest52!

Great news, east coasters!! I am proud to announce, “American Hikikomori has been selected to screen at FilmFest52 at The Bethel Cinema in Bethel, CT at 7:00pm on Wednesday, October 7th.” Please go check it out if you’re in town or close by.

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We are honored and grateful.

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