Monday, March 22, 2010

The Harimaya Bridge Screening

THE HARIMAYA BRIDGE will open this Friday, March 26th at the Laemmle Music Hall 3 movie theater in Beverly Hills.

THE HARIMAYA BRIDGE stars Ben Guillory, Saki Takaoka, Misa Shimizu, and Danny Glover (who also executive produced it). It is a drama about an American man who must go to rural Japan after the sudden death of his estranged son there, and the secrets he discovers that his son left behind. The film had a nationwide theatrical release in Japan last summer, and is now in limited release in U.S. movie theaters.

Aside from the strong critical reviews the film has received in both the United States and Japan, there are a number of things that speak to THE HARIMAYA BRIDGE being a unique project. It is the first feature film made by an African American filmmaker in Japan. It is one of only a handful of films written and directed by a foreigner to be financed, produced, and distributed in the Japanese film industry. And it might be one of the only onscreen dramas that depict African American characters in East Asia.

The film was inspired by my experiences in Japan that began when I first went there in 1992 on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. I have been back to Japan every year since my JET tenure ended in 1993, and I have maintained deep ties with the country in numerous ways.

The film will have a one-week run starting this Friday at the Laemmle Music Hall 3, located at 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

You can learn even more about it at our official website:

And more about the movie theater and showtimes here:

Aaron Woolfolk

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