Seemingly small roles play a huge part in every story.

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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?

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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.

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

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American Hikikomori: Naoyuki Ikeda

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

Naoyuki Ikeda, Isamu’s Father

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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American Hikikomori: The Characters

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Isamu Fujihara (played by Yuto Serata)

American Hikikomori is a film about loneliness and self induced isolation. Overwhelming pressures to succeed, feelings of rejection or abandonment, and even a great sense of failure can drive one to loneliness or isolation. In a sense, all three of the major characters are coping with a type of loneliness and isolation in their own way. American Hikikomori is also a film about the dissolution of a family as they each choose to isolate themselves from each other.

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Isamu’s Father (played by Naoyuki Ikeda)

In Japan, Isamu Fujihara, our protagonist, could be considered a typical teenager. Not necessarily a super popular student but an “A” student with friends and great potential for a prosperous future. However, once his parents’ marriage falls apart, Isamu’s world is turned upside down. After a bitter divorce, his father is granted custody of Isamu and takes him to the U.S. to finish school. Because of a language barrier, overall social rejection, and growing contempt for his father, Isamu shuts down and secludes himself to his room.

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Isamu’s Grandmother (played by Akiko Shima)

Isamu’s father is a traveling businessman who spent too much time on the road and not enough time looking after his family. A fresh divorcee after twenty years of marriage, his wife abandoned him and his teenage son. Unable to fully accept his failed marriage, he continues to hide behind his work leaving his teenage son, Isamu, displaced in a new country with his elderly mother. Isamu’s grandmother runs the household while his father is away but she pampers Isamu too much. An elderly widow, also in a foreign country, she tries to support Isamu’s father as he tries to further his career and pick up the pieces of his failed marriage.

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So how can we do this the right way?

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A memorial for a wedding…

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Tennessee sunset…

Tennessee sunset…
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