This film about a Kayla Tanaka who is half Japanese and half White was directed by Lily Mariye once a character on the popular TV show E.R. Kayla is 16 years old and lives with her mother, father, and 14 year old sister Amberlyn in Jefferson Park, a lower income area in Los Angeles, California.
The girls grow up with a alcoholic father and a mother who is an addict and a racist.They are good girls who mainly just want to fit in and want their mom to be better. Eventually the life at home become too much for them to bare and they look elsewhere for comfort. They end up looking in the wrong places and their lives end up spiraling downward. Mariye gives us an inside look into America’s “model minority” and what happens to these naive girls when they are out in the streets.
I thought the plot for this movie was wonderful the story line was really interesting. Some of the acting was a little bad and that made the story a little stale at times. The young man they chose to play the role of the thug I didn’t think was that great of a choice. It made it seem like a joke.
However I do think this was a pretty good first film for Mariye and I hope to see more from her. She stayed after the movie showing at HIFF to answer some questions and let us know that she will be showing her film in other festivals