RESILIENCE  is a contemporary work that celebrates Japanese representation and cultural appreciation. In tribute to generations of Japanese-American immigrants and citizens of Japan living in America, movement that shows exciting and intense physical exertion is seen throughout the entirety of the film. Directed by Japanese choreographer Mikaela Morisato, the film explores visual interpretations that connect to personal and ancestral upbringings. Each scene challenges perceptions on traditional gender roles and physicality while following a story of political trials. Set to Japanese inspired music, “RESILIENCE” integrates the fusion of contemporary dance while presenting strength, commitment, and the necessity to uplift AAPI voices.

Filmed in New York, New York 2021

CAST AND KEY CREW

Mikaela Morisato

Mikaela Morisato

Director, Choreographer, Editor

Mamiko Nakatsugawa

Mamiko Nakatsugawa

Dancer

Namhui Kim

Namhui Kim

Dancer

Richard Sayama

Richard Sayama

Dancer

Tsubasa Nishioka

Tsubasa Nishioka

Dancer

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David Rockoff

Camera Operator

Lloyd Lenox

1st Assistant Camera

Beaudau Banks

Beadau Banks

Lighting

Dana Akashi

Makeup Artist

Robert Lak

Production Assistant

Music

“Taiko Drums OD Japan” by Traditional Japanese Music

“Geisha” by Anthony Davilio

“Chappa Chappa Ki-Da-Ta-Ka” by Pete Lockett and Joji Hirota

“Matsushima-Ondo (Instrumental)” by Yo-Yo Ma

“RAN” by AUN J Classic Orchestra