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MIDORI IN HAWAII


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MIDORI IN HAWAII


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TRAILER

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Stills


Stills


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Director's Statement


Director's Statement


In the summer of 2010, I left Hawaii and moved to a small town in Shizuoka, Japan. My intention was to shoot a film there after getting a better handle on the language. My producing partner, Hiroko, helped me get settled in.  She even helped me find a job teaching English. To save money I bought a bicycle and peddled to the various middle and elementary schools everyday.  In the evenings I worked on the script that would eventually become Midori in Hawaii. A few families befriended me and invited me to stay with them for various periods of time. They were kind and generous and my time with them helped me enormously in the screenwriting process.

Japan has a famously unique culture. Westerners are often charmed and slightly intimidated by our seemingly opposite approaches to problem solving and life in general, but I was most struck by our similarities. In so many ways, the families who welcomed me into their lives were just like my family, however, the dynamics played out a little differently. The “volume” may have been turned down a bit in interpersonal conflicts, but the undergirding factors in those conflicts were anything but foreign. So I put those things in my script. One idea that began to emerge was how our families define us, whether we like it or not.

A sibling relationship will most likely be the longest relationship in a person’s life. Your brothers or sisters came from the same place. They share your stories. They remember what you remember, though maybe slightly differently. Because they’ve always known you, they have a more complete and, perhaps, less accurate simulation of you, living in their minds.

You might be a doctor now, but your brother remembers when you pooped your pants at that birthday party. No matter how much we change, our families can’t help but lag behind in their conception of us.

We are always rebelling against those mental versions of ourselves, but to an extent they also define us. Everyone lives in the tension between who we are and who other people’s memories say we are. I think that’s what Midori in Hawaii is about.

- John Hill

 


 

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Cast & Crew


Cast & Crew


 

Directed by 

John Hill

Produced by

Hiroko Kobayashi

Albena Dodeva

John Hill

 Executive Producer

 Guillermo F. Navarro 

 Co-Producer 

 Joel M. Angyal

 

 Director of Photography

 Josh Harmsworth

 

Original Music by

Daniel Nietz

Associate Producer

Jacob Lienau

Production Manager

Elisabeth Christensen

Art Director

Alena Borg

Cast

Midori Saya Minami

Seiko Miyuki Ishibashi

Kyo-Chan Martin Takahashi

Pastor Luke Daniel Nietz

Jud Justin Torrence

Griffin Derek Hall

Building Manager Jeff Miller

Jonithen Luis Fernando Paez

Truck Driver Fady Fakhry

Ukulele Player Kanoa D. Reid

Fruit Seller Evans Elaban

Scruffy Guy David Bruce 

Young Mother in Shoe Store Constanza Duffo

Daughter in Shoe Store Dana Paez

Islander Michael Mekosenn

Bride Hannah Angyal

Groom Kenneth Kim

Wedding Coordinator Hiroko Kobayashi

Tour Guide Mauna Kea John Hill

Voice of Mom Asa Kawai

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