Camellia – Kerria – Pink

Tomoko Karina | Japan | 2018 | 10 mins



Camellia – Kerria – Pink Synopsis

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 in reality, they are thrown into the swirl of most violent war in a world history.


About the Filmmakers

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 an 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.

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