“Wasabi”
Drama / USA  Premiere /30 min

Yamano Aoi, a seventeen year old high school girl, decides to heir her mentally ill father’s sushi restaurant. Adults around her are startled by her decision and tell her it is impossible for a woman to be a sushi chef. She then reunites with her old baseball coach Shoukichi Umeda. On one snowy night, Aoi challenges Shoukichi to a baseball match. This match shines a light of hope to Aoi’s “wasabi” like life.

Director: Bunji Sotoyama
Cast:Kyoko Yoshine, Rouji Sugimoto, Atom Shimojo, Yasuko Tomita

“Oak tree and Onigiri”
Drama / OC Premiere /15 min
In pre-World War 2 Los Angeles, a young Japanese girl learns the tradition and beauty behind her families’ business, until the fateful day December 7th shatters the world she knows. Ten years later, and irrevocably altered, the unspoken pledge of a stranger will open up the world to her again.

Director: Masanori Baba Cast: Saya, Jonathan Freudman, Shin Okano, Tamlyn Tomita

http://www.onigirifilm.com/

director. Masanori Baba will Q&A session!

“Orizuru 2015”
Drama / OC  Premiere /25min

The film is about a shy Japanese boy who finds courage to make friends with his American classmates, inspired by his elderly neighbor, a Pearl Harbor WWII survivor who has become friends with an atomic bomb survivor from Hiroshima. The meeting of the above two war survivors is based on a true story.* This film contains no images or descriptions of war.

Director: Miyuki Sohara Cast: Takamaro, Reyna, James Kyson,Jed Mills

http://www.orizuru2015.com

director. Miyuki Sohara will Q&A session!

“Harunareya”
Drama / USA Premiere /20min

Short film with a motif of cherry blossoms centered on Kumamoto prefecture Kikuchi city. Starring Kazuko Yoshiyuki, the chance for the story of “Springerhead” was a haiku. I feel that short films are close to haiku poetry. I think there is a point that both parties can talk about eternity in a short time. When I was looking for this theme, I thought that I could probably create a story, knowing a story that “Somei Yoshino has 60 years to not bloom”. Even if there is no “eternal” there is certain “hope” in cherry blossoms. I hope to be able to tell the feeling that hope is the eternal for us, by repeating cherry blossoms and humans.

Director: Bunji Sotoyama  Cast: Kazuko Yoshiyuki

“Fateful day”
Drama / International Premiere /5min
A chance encounter brings two strangers in a high-stakes confrontation
Director:  Edward Mizner Cast: Edward Mizner, Natalie O’Malley, Paula Kelley
director, Edward Mizner will Q&A session!
“Every time, on you!”
Animation / International Premiere /6min
One-cut animation short about a girl, her underwear and their growth.
Director: Hirokazu Hosoyama

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★Irvine Screening 1 pm  @YAMAHA Music Center
May 7(Sun.)”Wasabi”+”Orizuku2015″+”Harunareya”+”The Oak Tree & Onigiri”
*Director Sohara of “Orizuru” and director Baba of “Onigiri” will Q&A Session!!

 

★Gardena Screening 12 pm  @New Gardena Hotel 
May 14(Sun.)”Wasabi”+”Every time, on you”+”Fateful day”+”Harunareya”+”The Oak Tree & Onigiri”
*director Baba of “Onigiri” and director Minzer of”Fateful day” will Q&A Session!!
(You can see all short film for one ticket.)

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