Cast

Academy Award®-winner Chris Tashima

A Letter from Chris Tashima (Lead Actor)

CHRIS TASHIMA (Sei Fujii) is an award winning actor and director from Los Angeles. Onscreen, he is featured as the alcoholic Sansei father in Lily Mariye’s gritty indie drama, MODEL MINORITY, which garnered multiple awards on the
festival circuit throughout 2012-13. He starred as the romantic lead opposite Joan Chen in Eric Byler’s, AMERICANESE (an adaptation of Shawn Wong’s novel), which won a Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Ensemble Cast at the South by Southwest Film Festival. He has appeared in a number of other independent features—as a militant 70s rebel in Rea Tajiri’s STRAWBERRY FIELDS, starring Suzy Nakamura, and as the evil underworld adversary in Sherwood X. Hu’s LANI LOA – THE PASSAGE (from executive producers Francis Ford Coppola and Wayne Wang), starring Angus Macfadyen, and as an
emotionally tortured artist, in Hu’s ensemble drama, ON THE ROOF.

Onstage, Chris originated roles in Chay Yew’s A LANGUAGE OF THEIR OWN at Celebration Theatre (LA Weekly Theater Award, Ensemble Performance), Laurence Yep’s DRAGONWINGS at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Ken Narasaki’s NO-NO BOY at the Miles Memorial Playhouse. He has performed in theatres in New York, Atlanta and Seattle, with numerous credits at East West Players (EWP) where his acting career began over 28 years ago.

Also a director, Chris received an Academy Award® for the dramatic short film, VISAS AND VIRTUE, which he directed, co-wrote and starred as Holocaust rescuer, Japanese diplomat Chiune “Sempo” Sugihara. For television, he directed, co-wrote and acted in the PBS Special, DAY OF INDEPENDENCE, depicting the struggles of a young Japanese American baseball player in a World War II internment camp, for which he received an EMMY® nomination. Directorial stage credits include world premieres of Dan Kwong’s BE LIKE WATER at EWP, and NIHONMACHI: THE PLACE TO BE, a musical tribute to the history of Japantowns, produced by the Grateful Crane Ensemble. Follow Chris on twitter: www.twitter.com/christashima

Eijiro Ozaki

He made his professional stage debut in 1994 playing the lead in Rebel Without A Cause. His breakthrough came as Lt. Yamamoto, a Kamikaze pilot, in The Winds Of God, Japan’s popular war play. In 1999, the troop went on the National Tour in Japan and gave a 2 month run in NY on Off Broadway. In 2003, he appeared in Warner Bros.’ The Last Samurai. The film project, in which he literally devoted his life, was Letters From Iwo Jima directed by Clint Eastwood and produced by Steven Spielberg. He played as Lieutenant Okubo. After Ozaki moved his base to the US in 2007, he landed the guest star role in NBC drama series Heroes as Young Kaito Nakamura. Other film/TV credits include Touch (FOX), How I Met Your Mother (CBS), Flashforward (ABC), Wedding Band (TBS), Born to Be King (Hong Kong) etc. He received Best Actor Award at Show Off Your Shorts Film Festival 2009.

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Michael Marinaccio

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Garret Sato

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Shu Sakimoto

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