Asian Female and Male Actors to play leading and supporting JAPANESE roles for a feature film.
Looking for professional Asian actors seeking an opportunity to act in English in an Asian film. We’re looking for passionate, dedicated actors who love the work of storytelling and who would like an opportunity to work with a similarly passionate, nimble and highly creative, multi-award winning filmmaking team from Singapore.
This is an independent production with some support from the Okinawa film office and the Singapore Media Development Authority.
A Chinese Singaporean chef, formerly working in Tokyo, finds himself in Okinawa begging a disgruntled old chef to teach him traditional Okinawan food. A top Japanese food critic finds herself in Singapore on an eye opening discovery of SEA cuisine. In reality both are looking for each other after an emotional breakup years ago when she left him without a trace. Emotionally crippled by their breakup he searches her home town for her but discovers instead the art of traditional Okinawan food. Through it he learns the incredible balance of two cultures: Chinese and Japanese – the homely, warmth of Chinese style cooking with the precision, delicacy and visual artistry of Japanese cuisine: a balance they never had in their relationship. When she suddenly appears in Okinawa looking to find closure he cooks and serves her their final meal. Through it she discovers what she had been yearning for all these years – the beauty of both cultures balanced to perfection and realises he has found the key to being together again.
Age: late 20s to 30s
A sharp, highly intelligent and astute food critic. Girlish at times but can be hot-tempered – she is highly sensitive but tries not to show it. The romantic lead of the film, she falls for Ryan at first because of his food. She is highly driven in her career and becomes famous for her scathing reviews but unbeknownst to her, she is driven by the emotional wound of her father leaving her as a child. She yearns for her father’s food again and almost finds it in Ryan’s cooking – but her confused heart ultimately destroys their relationship. She leaves Ryan without any contact information but years later is searching desperately to find him again. When she finds him in Okinawa he seems to be in the arms of her best childhood friend and has taken over her father’s restaurant. Misunderstandings and the opening of her deepest wound will almost certainly end any hope for their relationship once and for all.
Age: late 20s to 30s
A free spirited, bohemian, free-diver and ceramics artisan. She is impulsive, risk taking woman but to Ryan she is caring and always optimistic. She lives in and loves her hometown of Okinawa. She loves being in the water. She is the second romantic lead of the film – she falls for Ryan when he appears in Okinawa searching for his ex. Big problem is his ex was her best childhood friend. Though they become close there is a chasm between them. She is the medicine to his pain but it’s never quite enough. When Yuki returns she sacrifices her hopes for theirs and helps to ultimately bring them together.
Older Asian Male
Age: late 50s to 70s
Quiet and mostly content, Sakukawa left Yuki with her mom in Tokyo as a young man. Pushed into being a corporate chef by his wife he decided to return instead to his home town of Okinawa and continue to make the food he loves best – traditional Ryukyu cuisine. However, he carries the pain of leaving his daughter who, now grown up, has never contacted him. He treats Nami as a surrogate daughter but in quiet times he misses Yuki dearly. Ryan’s passion for his food reminds him of Yuki and a bond quickly develops between them. He is both playful and stubborn – much of his decisions around his restaurant and menu revolve around his memories of Yuki.
BananaMana Films is an award-winning Singapore production company that specializes in creating Asian scripted dramas in English for film, TV and web. Their most recent film project “Bang Bang Club” won the prestigious Platinum REMI Award at the Houston International Film Festival 2016. Their first drama “What Do Men Want?” was broadcast on national TV in 2014 and was awarded “Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series” in LA. It is currently under negotiation for acquisition by Sundance Channel SEA. Their second drama series “Perfect Girl” went on to win 7 international awards from 16 nominations. Most notable being Best Drama Series, Toronto Web Festival 2015 and Outstanding Writing, Directing and Drama at Los Angeles Web Festival 2015. Furthermore, Perfect Girl became the first Singaporean drama to be acquired by global TV platform VIKI. It has since also been acquired by Encore Inflight.
Founded by Christian Lee and Jason Chan, BananaMana Films has quickly become one of the premiere production companies in Singapore for narrative film and TV production. Film awards of note: Gold Remi, Best Family Feature at Houston International Film Festival 2008, for the movie SLAM, which Christian Lee produced and was acquired for worldwide distribution by Sony International.
For more info or enquiries please contact: Min LEE (Producer): min @ bananamana.com