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Tao Okamoto, Kihiro & Haruka Abe join She’s Just A Shadow

Tao Okamoto

Tao Okamoto

Actresses Tao Okamoto (The Wolverine, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) and Haruka Abe (Cyberbully, 47 Ronin), have joined the cast of Adam Sherman’s (Crazy Eyes, Happiness Runs) latest feature, She’s Just A Shadow. Also joining the cast is Kihiro, the front-man for the popular Japanese punk group LOKA, in his first film role. The surreal gangster drama is currently in production in Tokyo and looks to hit the festival circuit in 2017, followed by theatrical releases in the U.S. and Japan.

A modern, dreamlike take on the gangster genre, SHE’S JUST A SHADOW is the action-packed story of a matriarchal crime family engaged in a vicious gang war. A deranged serial killer is on the loose and the only thing more dangerous than him is the drug-addled love triangle within the family itself.

SHE’S JUST A SHADOW is shooting entirely in Tokyo, in English, with a mostly Japanese cast and crew. The film also stars Mercedes Maxwell (Marfa Girl), Mickey Curtis (Fires on the Plain, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie), and Kentez Asaka (aka Kentetsu Asaka).

Japanese actress and model, Tao Okamoto was one of the faces of Ralph Lauren before she started her acting career with her debut in The Wolverine, opposite Hugh Jackman. Since then she has also been seen in the acclaimed TV series “The Man in the High Castle” and “Hannibal.” Most recently she starred in the summer blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

London based Haruka Abe has appeared in BBC’s “Ideal” and the science-fiction series “Slingers,” directed by Steve Barron. Her film credits include Cyberbully with Maisie Williams and 47 Ronin with Keanu Reeves. She was also in the video for Clean Bandit’s song “Rather Be,” which has amassed more than 400 million views on YouTube.

Currently the front-man for LOKA, the wildly popular Japanese punk group, Kihiro was previously the singer for the band Supe. He makes his acting debut in SHE’S JUST A SHADOW.

SHE’S JUST A SHADOW is filmmaker Adam Sherman’s third feature, after successful runs with Happiness Runs, which was loosely based on his own life, and Crazy Eyes, starring Lukas Haas, Madeline Zima, and Jake Busey. Sherman also served as producer on Wristcutters: A Love Story, Marfa Girl, and Marfa Girl 2.

Produced by Adam Sherman in association with the Tokyo-based production company michaelgion, SHE’S JUST A SHADOW is written and directed by Adam Sherman. Film is co-produced by MeeRa Kim (Horror Haiku). David Newbert (Thor, Marfa Girl) is the director of photography. Sam Bauer (Donnie Darko) will serve as editor, with original music by Bobby Johnston (Wristcutters: A Love Story, City of Gold).

Haruka Abe and Kihiro

Haruka Abe and Kihiro

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