Film distributor Eleven Arts of Santa Monica presented The Harimaya Bridge at Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills from March 26 to April 8.
The Harimaya Bridge
Laemmle’s Music Hall 3
9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Friday: 5:30 PM 8:15 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM 2:45 PM 5:30 PM 8:15 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM 2:45 PM 5:30 PM 8:15PM
Monday – Thursday: 5:30 PM 8:15PM
Excerpt from Director Aaron Woolfolk interview
The Harimaya Bridge has been a fascinating journey because you had two different film aesthetics – American and Japanese – kind of competing to get their way. You had that in me … I of course grew up with the American film aesthetic, but my inspiration for this was Japanese films and trying to achieve what I liked about them. But you also had it with the people around me … Japanese and American. More
The Harimaya Bridgeis a drama about an American man who must travel to rural Japan to claim some important items belonging to his late son, from whom he was estranged. While there, he learns several secrets his son left behind.
The story takes place in Kochi Prefecture, a deeply rural part of Japan where traditional customs remain strong. The movie addresses the bond and conflict between father and son, as well as the prejudices that often exist between people of different backgrounds.
Veteran actor of film and stage Ben Guillory stars along with award-winning Japanese actresses Saki Takaoka and Misa Shimizu.
Popular international stars Misono, Hajime Yamasaki, Miho Shiraishi, and veteran American actor Peter Coyote are also featured along with newcomers Victor Grant and Honoka.
Rounding out the cast is acclaimed actor Danny Glover, best known for his leading roles in the Lethal Weapon and SAW franchises. Glover also serves as an executive producer on the film.
The Harimaya Bridge was written and directed by Aaron Woolfolk, a veteran of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program who taught junior high school English in Kochi Prefecture. Woolfolk won a Directors Guild of America Best African-American Student Filmmaker award for his first movie, the short film Rage! He then returned to Kochi and made the short films Eki (The Station) and Kuroi Hitsuji (Black Sheep), both of which won several awards and screened at top film festivals and showcases around the world. The Harimaya Bridge is Woolfolk’s first feature film.