In Japan during 1941, three Japanese young women, Michiyo, Fumiko and Haruko, are having lovely afternoon tea in a park, celebrating Fumiko’s engagement. It seems nothing concerns them except for not getting a good seat at the show of their favorite Kabuki actor. But in reality, they are thrown into the swirl of most violent war in world history.

About Tomoko Karina

Tomoko Karina was born in a metropolitan city of Tokyo, Japan to loving parents, an ambitious aspiring entrepreneur, son of blue color single mother in Kyoto, Mikio and a sheltered classy elegant daughter of steel mogul, Yoshiko. From big influence from her film and history fanatic father Mikio, Tomoko grew up watching greatest classic Hollywood films and Japanese period dramas. Tomoko was sent to a prestigious all girl’s school near imperial palace from age of 12 to 22 till she graduates collage. In her school days, surrounded by all girls, being a entertainer, comedian, rebel and leader in a class, she embraced the sisterhood. She learnt how to be in charge and girl can rock and rule! She always questioned authority and what is “Normal” which Japanese people always forced her behave especially in a strict girl’s school she grew up in. She appreciated and found oasis in rebellious loud rock, punk and alternative music as well as classic Hollywood and Japanese films and intimate European films. at 18, a day after she graduated high school, she traveled to Los Angeles with her BFF and a fake ID. Tomoko reconfirmed within her that she belongs to Hollywood. After college, she immediately moved to Los Angeles pursuing acting, studying at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and Play House West, then soon landed several commercial jobs but still struggling with her English. Tomoko decided to move back to Japan to explore her craft of acting that she learnt with great teachers in LA such as Robert Carnegie and Jeff Goldblum with her native tongue, Japanese. In Tokyo, she landed major TV and Theater roles and also debut as a theater director with her own play, “2 Lies and 3 Dreams and Hollywood”. “Camellia- Kerria- Pink” is Tomoko’s first film directorial project.

Director’s Statement

This is my interpretation and fiction version of how the Pearl Harbor and entry of WWII came about. 3 hero characters wanted to make to look like as far from the war as possible. Because that is what happens when some top political figures who will not to go front line of the war field decide to go into the war. People, woman, children, elderly and sensitive pacifist… who want nothing with violence, those people are forced to thrown right in the middle to the violent war tragedy. They are forced to make decisions what they believe is right. Even that means to sacrifice their own and best friend’s lives. The war, violence and the greed bring most ugly part of humans. In that brutal era, this is the story of women who determined to believe that human is dignified, joyous and beautiful. – In 1941, Japan, 3 Japanese young women, Michiyo, Fumiko and Haruko are having lovely afternoon tea in a park, celebrating Fumiko’s engagement. It seems nothing concerns them except for not getting a good seat for the show of their favorite Kabuki actor. But, they are thrown into the swirl of most violent war in a world history.

In era of Showa (1920’s, 30’s 40’s – ) in Japan, woman are expected to be a total admirer of man, considered inferior. We are expected to say Yes to everything men asked. Obedience was considered to be an honorable and normal behavior of Japanese women. Yet we all have our opinion and identity. Beauty of Japanese women is their craft of modesty. They have their way and point across with their elegant scheme while they make men believe that they are obeying men. But those are few clever women. Most of women accepted how it is and repressed their own identity to avoid trouble trying to find happiness in pleasing man never to know who they are or what they really want. In that Showa era, protagonists of “Camellia- Kerria- Pink” seek the meaning of their existences took an action to what they believe in while making the society = men (in this case both American men and Japanese men) believe that they are following their rules. Risking their own lives trying to mark what they believe in, what they the world to be. We remember those women who might not be very strong women but dignified and did the best they could do for their existence.