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A young American Japanese man crosses the line with the underworld element in Tokyo while dealing with his own personal struggle of being an outsider trying to fit into Japanese society.

  • Anthony Diaz
  • Anthony Diaz
  • Lani Dizon
  • Antonio Diaz
  • Anthony Diaz
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Romance
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 45 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 7, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    19,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Language:
    English, Japanese
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Director Biography - Anthony Diaz

Anthony Diaz V discovered his love for film at a very young age and has since completed dozens of short films starting at the age of 15. This has given him a broad range of hands-on experience through screenwriting, directing, producing, acting, and editing his own short films.

His passion for filmmaking led him to enroll at the University of Las Vegas Film School, USA (UNLV) where many famous movie directors and producers have taught. He graduated with high honors with a Bachelor Degree in Film in the year 2010 at the age of 20 making him the youngest graduate in the history of the program.

Anthony wrote, directed, and acted in a short film called "Delusion" which was showcased at the UNLV Film Festival. The next film he wrote, directed, and acted in is called "Forgotten Heroes." This short film is about the war in Afghanistan and how it affects a U.S. military family. It received rave reviews and has played at various movie festivals and is under consideration to be showcased at Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., and was highly endorsed by the Gold Star Wives of America - a well-respected organization for spouses of those killed in the US military on active duty.

In 2012, at the age of 22, Anthony started a film production company called Kaizen Studios in Las Vegas, Nevada USA. In 2013, he also established Kaizen Studios Co., Ltd. in the Shibuya District in the heart of Tokyo, Japan.

In 2016, Anthony recently completed an Independent film called "BREAK" in which he wrote, directed, edited, produced and played the lead role. It is an aspiring American story which uses Japan as a backdrop. Anthony has been visiting Japan each year since the age of 8, which has greatly influenced his journey in the world of film. He is currently in production for his next film to be produced in Tokyo and is also playing the Lead Actor in "WAY OF THE CROSS," which he co-wrote and is co-producing.

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Director Statement

In the grand scheme of things, I am just a baby. There is so much to learn in life. My Father always told me that life is a bit unfair. Just when you are getting to understand how life works, you're old and ready to die.

But if there is one lesson I learned and have proven to myself is... "if you're going to dream, dream big because it's free!" It is amazing how when dreams are put into action, life opens up the possibilities.