Akashi あかし

Kana, a young woman from Japan, is pursuing her career in North America and has adapted to her new environment. However, her new lifestyle has made her emotionally distant and she can’t seem to sustain a long-term relationship.

Her mother calls, informing Kana that her grandmother has passed away. As Kana returns home to pay her respects, she begins to recall her most intimate conversation with her grandma. She tells Kana that her marriage was far from ideal and, to Kana’s surprise, grandma reveals a secret which changes Kana’s attitudes on relationships.

Memories and the funeral force Kana to look inside herself and examine her own life.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Mayumi Yoshida
Producers: Phil Planta, Adam Van Steinburg

About Mayumi Yoshida

Mayumi Yoshida

Mayumi Yoshida is from Tokyo, Japan. Her father being a journalist, she had an international childhood living in Washington D.C., Brussels and Tokyo.

In Tokyo she starred in 25 theatre productions between 2005 and 2009. She moved to Vancouver in 2010 to pursue her dream to be an actor in North America.

​In 2015 she made her theatre directing debut in This is A Play by Daniel MacIvor in which she also starred. She was selected as one of the directors for 2017 Pull Festival and will work on two out of six plays.

​Her TV and film credits are Evangeline (Opiate Pictures), Cult (CW), Gourmet Detective: A Healthy Place to Die (Hallmark), Stop the Wedding (Hallmark), Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce (Bravo) and The Man in The High Castle (Amazon Studios), which earned her the nomination for best emerging actor at the UBCP Awards (2016).

At the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival she directed, acted and also made her playwriting debut with NeOn ね音.

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