Private Project


Makoto, a Japanese American single mother struggles to reconcile with her estranged father, Musashi, following his recent release from prison. But Musashi's former life as an enforcer for the Yakuza casts a long shadow over both their lives and history has a way of repeating itself.

  • Lee Shorten
    Swan Song, The Terror, The Man In The High Castle, Van Helsing
  • Lee Shorten
  • Brittany Lum-Cho
    Resident Alien, Peacemaker, Cold Pursuit, The Professor, Missing
  • Phil Planta
    The Shipment, Gong Ju, Beyond Redemption, Gemini
  • Hiro Kanagawa
    Key Cast
    The Man In The High Castle, Altered Carbon, iZombie, X-Files, Legends of Tomorrow, Heroes Reborn
  • Mayumi Yoshida
    Key Cast
    The Man In The High Castle, The Good Doctor, Akashi
  • Peter Shinkoda
    Key Cast
    Daredevil, The Predator, Falling Skies, I, Robot,
  • Phoebe Miu
    Key Cast
    Upload, Riverdale
  • Dominic Lester
    Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough, David Attenborough Meets President Obama, Galapagos
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Drama, noir, gangster, asian, asian-american, female-led, senior/aging
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 20, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, Japanese
  • Shooting Format:
    Arri ProRes
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon
    Eugene, Oregon
    United States
    March 19, 2021
    World Premiere
  • London Indie Short Festival
    United Kingdom
    March 19, 2021
    European Premiere
  • Austin Asian American Film Festival
    Austin, Texas
    United States
    June 4, 2021
    Texas Premiere
  • DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival
    Washington, DC
    United States
    July 15, 2021
    Eastern USA Premiere
  • Japan Film Festival Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    October 4, 2021
    California Premiere
Director Biography - Lee Shorten

Lee Shorten is an Asian actor, writer and director. Lee grew up in Tamworth, Australia, where he was raised by his adoptive parents. Lee is best known for playing Sergeant Yoshida on Amazon's 'The Man in the High Castle' and Walt Yoshida on AMC's 'The Terror: Infamy'.

Lee graduated from Law School (University of Newcastle) in 2009 and worked as a lawyer for several years before deciding to pursue a career in film/tv.

In 2018, Lee made his directorial debut with the award winning Ultra Short 'J'adoube'. Lee is committed to telling inclusive stories and continues to be a strong advocate for representation.

Lee also guest starred on Van Helsing as Master Tsui, a role specifically written for him by the Van Helsing team and recurred on Supernatural as a fan favorite Demon. Lee has been nominated for a Jessie Award, for his portrayal of Jung in Pacific Theatre's production of 'Kim's Convenience'.

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