Yakuza No. 2

A recently retired yakuza wants to begin a new life - with his girlfriend. However it was cut short when he finds himself locked up in his apartment. When the truth comes out, it reveals more about himself than he ever imagined.

  • Susumu Kimura
    Director
    Dear Susan
  • Susumu Kimura
    Writer
    Dear Susan
  • Gloria Bradbury
    Producer
    Ma/ddy
  • Shu Sakimoto
    Key Cast
  • Kristin Fieldhouse
    Director of Photography
    Young Americans
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Drama, Experimental, fantasy, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 21, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Japanese
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Los Angles Asian Pacific Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    April 29, 2015
  • Milledgeville Film Festival
    Milledgeville, GA
    April 15, 2015
  • NewFilmmakers Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA
    October 17, 2015
    October Showcase Runner-up
  • Seattle Asian American Film Festival
    Seattle, WA
    February 19, 2016
    Northwest Premiere
  • Project Involve Showcase
    Los Angeles
    United States
    April 26, 2016
Director Biography - Susumu Kimura

Born and raised in Japan, Susumu discovered his love of film editing while studying film at Emerson College in Boston. Since then, he has been a working editor in both countries.
He has edited several short films: "To The Bone" (Slamdance select), "My Dear Americans" (PBS online film festival winner) and "Kepler X-47" (Webby nominee). He also edited "Pray For Japan," documentary about Tsunami disaster in the country.
Last year, he forayed into writing and directing with "Dear Susan", which was selected for Vancouver Film Festival. “Yakuza No. 2” is his second writing/directing effort.
Editing or directing, his passion is always to tell the story through visual and audio media and he will continue to follow this path.

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Director Statement

"Yakuza No.2" is both a throwback and a new spin on silent comedies in the likes of Chaplin and Tati, mashed-up with different genre of movies. It tells the story of an ex-yakuza who, on his way to propose his girlfriend, finds out that he can't get out of his apartment. Through the struggle he not only finds out why he is locked up but also his true identity. The film has no dialogue, has only one character in one place, and was shot in black and white. I hope you will enjoy this film.

This film was created through AWC fellowship program organized by Visual Communications, supporting Asian-American Filmmakers.

http://www.vconline.org/alpha/cms/index.cfm/programs/artist-services/armed-with-a-camera-fellowship/