This is the story of Kazu and Miho, a couple of Korean descent who face discrimination growing up in Japan. Kazu has a long history of using violence to deal with this discrimination, but after getting hurt in several fights and seeing visions of himself traversing a tunnel, he promises Miho he'll stop fighting. They save up their money and go to Hawaii for college, where Miho excels in her painting and Kazu in soccer. They settle into a steady rhythm, and even though money is tight, they are finally happy and seem to have escaped their problems back in Japan. Kazu's biggest problem now is figuring out how to pop the big question to Miho. But just when it looks like the fairy-tale ending is right around the corner, past discrimination returns to plague the couple. Can Kazu learn to live with this, or will he revert to the violent ways of his past?
This was the final project for my very first film production class back in 2004. I was playing soccer with a Japanese soccer team in Hawaii at the time, and a guy named Tetsu on the team was Korean-Japanese (zainichi) and I thought he would make a great central character for a story. Somehow this is the one that popped into my head, and fortunately Tetsu agreed to play the part (and turned out to be a great actor). And there just happened to be a half Korean-Japanese girl in my painting class named Itsuka who very hesitantly agreed to play the female lead (and really the only other person in the film!).
Shot on the dreaded Sony PD-170.... UGH!