I auditioned for this film months ago, and read for the role of Maiko, the mother. I didn’t book the role as I was too young to be the mother, and too old to pass for 13 year old Yoshiko. It’s always disappointing to audition for something you like, where there is an interesting story to be told and character to be, and not book the job. So when I received an email from writer/producer, Josh Liveright, in August asking if I would voice the narration for the film, I jumped at the opportunity.
I was excited to be a part of the film and after looking over the narration lines, I found there was a lot there to explore, envision, and create. We recorded the narration in both English and Japanese and together we made the script come to life. The film will open with older Yoshiko (that would be me) talking about her father and one particular memory she has from a cold morning in her hometown of American Falls. As she speaks, it becomes clear that she has a deep love for her father, although there are many things she does not know about him. The film begins with this memory, and the day continues to provide more mysteries that curious Yoshiko wants to solve.
I really love working with professional and passionate people and am so grateful I had the chance to be a part of this project. I think it’s going to be a really good film and I can’t wait to see the final cut!