When Daniel Holder's (Ben Guillory) estranged son Mickey (Victor Grant), an artist and English teacher in Kochi, is killed in an automobile accident, Daniel's grief is heightened by his own resentment and prejudice towards the Japanese; his father was killed fighting the Japanese during World War II. Determined to retrieve Mickey's final paintings from Japan, Daniel embarks on a journey filled with angst and hatred.
With the unsolicited guidance of Yuiko Hara (Misa Shimizu), a co-worker of Mickey's from the Kochi board of education office, Daniel soon discovers legacies left behind by his son, forcing him to confront his own feelings and preconceived notions about others. This compelling story successfully interweaves both American and Japanese cultural viewpoints, pitting love and hate; prejudice and humanism; commonality and difference. Daniel's emotional voyage carries the audience through these universal themes, leaving an impression that ultimately, in spite of our ethnocentricities and uniqueness, the veil is thin between our cultural and racial distinctions.
The Harimaya Bridge is currently in limited release in select cities around the country. I drove to Beverly Hills on Saturday to attend a screening at Laemmle's Music Hall, where Aaron was in attendance for a question-and-answer period following the film. Time well spent.
You can catch a screening there through Thursday, April 8. This theatre is located just a few blocks from posh Rodeo Drive.
Update: You can catch a special screening on Friday, April 23, in San Francisco at the UA Stonestown Twin Theater. Showtime is 7:00pm and Aaron will be present. Beginning April 23, this film also begins screening in Irvine and Honolulu. Click here for showtimes.
Window shopping at exclusive stores like Versace and Gucci was good enough for me in this current economy.
The Regent Beverly Wilshire in the background; think Pretty Woman with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.
Congratulations to Aaron Sensei. I look forward to his next project.