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Katana

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Pilot

In the dark recess of the Yakuza underworld, a sibling rivalry erupts into a full-blown civil war for control of a Japanese crime family.

In a desperate bid to win, a Yakuza underling (KENJI SATO) does the unthinkable; he kidnaps the daughter of a former assassin, hoping to use him to eliminate his rivals. The assassin however, is his own brother (TOSHIRO SATO), who disappeared years ago to start a new life.

Now forced out of retirement to do his brother's bidding, Toshiro must agree to Kenji’s wishes in order to save his daughter’s life. He must once again draw the family's treasured KATANA and use it to eliminate their enemies.

Upon completion of his assignments, Toshiro is told by Kenji that he is not yet done. He must eliminate one more target; their youngest brother, Yoshio.

A climatic showdown ensues when Toshiro realizes there is no end to his brother's ambition, and that he must risk losing his daughter and kill Kenji before his family is pulled deeper into a life where death is the only escape.
 

Yuji Okumoto

Yuji Okumoto

"Kenji"
Writer
Producer

Yuji Okumoto

  "Kenji"  Writer  Producer

Yuji was born and raised in Hollywood, California. He attended Cal State University, Fullerton where he took his first acting class. He has since been in over seventy five Television and Feature productions including films like, Better off Dead, Pearl Harbor and True Believer. He recently appeared in the TV movie, “Mask of the Ninja” for SPIKE TV.

Yuji’s big break came when he was cast as the bully in, “Karate Kid 2,” starring Pat Morita. The new generations of kids now know him as the dad from the Disney Channel movies, “Johnny Tsunami,” and “Johnny Kapahala.” Yuji also owns a Hawaiian American restaurant in Seattle, Washington called, “Kona Kitchen”.

Richard Cranor

Richard Cranor

Writer
Director
"Bodyguard #2"

Richard Cranor

  Writer  Director  "Bodyguard #2"

After completing the multimedia program at the Art Institute of Seattle in 2000, Richard Cranor went on to direct several feature and short films that have played film festivals worldwide and secured national DVD distribution deals. He also freelances for corporations writing and directing viral marketing videos. "Katana" is his Hollywood debut.

John Koyama

John Koyama

"Toshiro"

John Koyama

  "Toshiro"

John was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. At the age of 9, he started studying boxing, kickboxing, gung fu, kali and escrima under Sifu Richard Bustillo and Sifu Dan Inosanto at the original Filipino Kali Academy in Torrance, California. Fifteen years later, he got his opportunity to use these skills in his first feature film, “The Perfect Weapon”.

He began studying acting and has used the combination of these skills to land many more parts in feature films, television series and commercials. He continues to set himself apart from the rest by providing the director the rare ability for an accomplished actor to truly perform his own action.

Koyama has worked with several top film industry directors in this way including: John Woo, Ivan Reitman, John Carpenter, James Foley and Edward Zwick. He also continues to work in television landing parts on such series as “Alias”, General Hospital”, “24”, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Breaking Bad”.
 

Don Tai

Don Tai

"Kuro"
Fight Choreographer

Don Tai

  "Kuro"  Fight Choreographer

Don Theerathada is one of the most exciting talents ever to grace the Thai film and TV industry. Don won the prestigious Golden Statue Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in the film Fah (nominated for 22 Golden Statue awards and Thailand's highest grossing film at that time). After that, came a slew of parts in features that lead to 6 series regulars for network Thai TV.

Years prior, while attending George Mason University, Don competed in the 110m High Hurdles for the Thai National Track & Field Team as well as representing the U.S. National Tae Kwon Do Team instantly making him a national hero. Don's newfound status garnered him large campaigns for Nike, Tag-Huer, Ray-Ban, and Oakley. This lead to commercials, and ultimately starring roles in feature films.

In 1999, Don was sought after by Chris Lee for management in America but Don chose to stay in Thailand due to his increasing popularity and demand. While in Thailand, Don was also heavily recruited by the prestigious Jackie Chan Artists Group. They currently still represent him in Hong Kong.

Now Don has recently relocated to California. It has always been Don's dream and plan to return to the states to further his acting career. What Thailand loses in one of it's brightest young stars will be our gain in what hopefully will be a new blossoming career in America.

Sam Looc

Sam Looc

"Dojo Thug 1"
Fight Choreographer

Sam Looc

  "Dojo Thug 1"  Fight Choreographer

Sam Looc came to the United States at the age of 2 and was raised in Oakland, California by his father and mother. He started his Martial arts training at the age of 15, when he saw a martial arts teacher instructing a group of students in a park. The teacher told Sam to come back when he could perform the splits. One month later Sam came back with a split and started his first class of Martial Arts.

Back on the streets again Sam discovered his second martial arts teacher in Oakland's Chinatown. The school was run by Tony Chen, a world renowned Martial Artist. Sam wanted to learn but didn't have the money for classes. Tony told Sam he could teach Sam for free in exchange that Sam would work for him, doing janitorial work, teach the lower classes, and have to fight to represent the school.

Months turned into years and Sam became head instructor for one of Tony's schools. He then decided to move to Los Angeles in 2005 to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Sam is also part of the Independent Action Team Zero Gravity.
 

Al Goto

Al Goto

"Dojo Thug 2"

Al Goto

  "Dojo Thug 2"

Al Goto has been a respected professional in the stunt and safety industry for 25 years.

He has worked on over 375 projects in the capacity of stunt coordinator, second unit director and stunt performer. He has had the opportunity to coordinate on a variety of projects including large scale projects such as WINDTALKERS (Second Unit Coordinator) with acclaimed director John Woo, to the slap stick humor on projects such as FRIENDS. He has been nominated for 3 WORLD STUNT AWARDS,

And one SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARD (best stunt ensemble in a motion picture).

Currently, he is the Stunt Coordinator on the Emmy nominated television show BREAKING BAD, as well as USA Television’s IN PLAIN SIGHT.

Ned Luke

Ned Luke

"Executive"

Ned Luke

  "Executive"

Ned Luke is a veteran of over 100 national commercials. He has appeared on TV shows, Law and Order, Third Watch, JAG, NYPD Blue to name a few.

Angela Okumoto

Angela Okumoto

"Toshiro's Wife"
Unit Production Manager
Make-Up

Angela Okumoto

  "Toshiro's Wife"  Unit Production Manager  Make-Up

Milan Mar

Milan Mar

"Mariko"

Milan Mar

  "Mariko"

Aaron Jacobs

Aaron Jacobs

"Bodyguard 1"

Aaron Jacobs

  "Bodyguard 1"

James Itokazu

James Itokazu

"Kenji's henchman"
Props

James Itokazu

  "Kenji's henchman"  Props

Shawn Anderson

Shawn Anderson

Director of Photography

Shawn Anderson

  Director of Photography

Amber Low

Amber Low

1st Assistant Camera

Amber Low

  1st Assistant Camera

Brett Milstead

Brett Milstead

Script Supervisor

Brett Milstead

  Script Supervisor

John Griffin

John Griffin

2nd Camera Operator

John Griffin

  2nd Camera Operator

Michael Gaston

Michael Gaston

2nd Assistant Camera

Michael Gaston

  2nd Assistant Camera

Daniel Bass

Daniel Bass

Grip

Daniel Bass

  Grip

Shaun Bolby

Shaun Bolby

Grip

Shaun Bolby

  Grip

Jeffry Dimmock

Jeffry Dimmock

Grip

Jeffry Dimmock

  Grip

Curtis Enlow

Curtis Enlow

Sound

Curtis Enlow

  Sound

Yasmin Mar

Yasmin Mar

Wardrobe

Yasmin Mar

  Wardrobe

Rian Ebesugawa

Rian Ebesugawa

Production Designer
Catering

Rian Ebesugawa

  Production Designer  Catering

Alfredo Arechiga

Alfredo Arechiga

Production Assistant

Alfredo Arechiga

  Production Assistant

Shelly Ebesugawa

Shelly Ebesugawa

Production Assistant

Shelly Ebesugawa

  Production Assistant

Lisa Taylor

Lisa Taylor

Still Photographer

Lisa Taylor

  Still Photographer

Lauren Sayoc

Lauren Sayoc

Still Photographer

Lauren Sayoc

  Still Photographer

Makalani

Makalani

Craft Services

Makalani

  Craft Services

Kona Kitchen

Kona Kitchen

Catering

Kona Kitchen

  Catering

Jason Vo

Jason Vo

Assistant Editor

Jason Vo

  Assistant Editor

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Production Notes

CLUB EXTRAS
Alex Chang
Rich Mar
Sam McPhetres
Jenny Lin
Rey Sacramento
Lisa Taylor
Bao Tran
Michelle Hsieh
Royle Hatico
Ravy Bo
Marish Benito
Cham Bunphoath
Socheath Khim
Monica Chang
Hyun E. Kim
Linda Tran
Edward Gibbs
Jake Ynzunza
Ethan Kim
Rafael Santo Domingo
Miguel Santo Domingo
Stephanie Rubesh
Mary Grace Aguiling
Andrea Vanlaar
Lisa Picard
Pratna Kao
 

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Ryan Yonny Koyama
Diamond Solutions Group
French Creek Productions
Jon Fong
Helen Lee
Henry Liem
Liz Mar
Yemiko and Yoshiharu Okumoto
Paula Phipps (Fine Impressions)
Seattle Ju-Jitsu Club
Aaron Fields
Neil Yamamoto
Joel Mallari
Renegade Effects Group

SONG NAME - "How we do it"
ARTISTS NAME - Edrid feat. Fenni Casino
PRODUCED & RECORDED BY - Joel I. Mallari & Prince Black
Owned by J8 Records, LLC


Copyright2008 | MadMoto Productions
 

Comments (46)

whatsupbenny1990 (14th February 2011)
WORST MOVIE EVER. ACTION FILMS NEVER SUCCEED

GlitteryTina1990 (26th April 2009)
Also, did you hire all these guys by yourself and did the casting yourself?

Nice scenery, editing and sounds.

It's obvious you spent time on this Rich, you should literally be proud of yourself.

Eventually you put all your hard work into this, and I could see you moving on to bigger and better things in life.

GlitteryTina1990 (26th April 2009)
Nice shots of Seattle and the space needle.

LOL at the random white girl at the club

My favorite line from this whole episode was "father was a piece of shit!" self explanatory. Enough said
. =D

Another quote "You don't retire the sword..the sword retires you," explains itself. I like the idea and them of this quote.

You gotta hook me up with one of these random asian fighter guys!

GlitteryTina1990 (26th April 2009)
So Rich...here are my thoughts as I watched this first episode for Katana. (Not bad!)

HAHAHA the one gangster asian guy with the black hoodie at the beginning was hilarious- I like how he
comes in with a smile on his face...then randomly out of no where kicks the guys ass.

"Can I help you?" FIGHT!!! LOL class stuff right there.

Now I wasn't sure if I was suppose to laugh at the one lady that got her neck chopped?

But it was sure funny when the guy kept on reflecting on it.

bludragon1983 (27th February 2009)
The story pulled me right in. I hope this pilot gets developed!

Shawn (29th January 2009)
Came out very well Indeed. Cant wait to see more! Love to see the good guy ninja come back... its been a while!

silent dojo (27th January 2009)
If your looking for music scores please get in contact with me silentdojo@gmail.com

adfflex (27th January 2009)
great pilot. I could see this becoming a feature film or a series depending on which way you went with the story. Either with final showdown between brothers in a "mexican standoff" or week by week using clues from their past to get closer to his daughter and/or their younger brother after he rescues his daughter of course. A tsunami of vengance!

Oh yeah great gun vs. sword play! Reminds me of a scene off of Bebop!

bleugirl62 (12th April 9860)
This was great. I was thoroughly entertained. Loved the dialogue and can't wait to see what happens..... Ditto on how this guy gets retired.

julie5566 (18th January 2009)
Tight. I hope this gets developed!

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