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  (in credits order)
Linda Ohama ... Narrator / Herself
Asayo Murakami ... Herself (as Asayo 'Obâchan' Murakami)
Caitlin Ohama Darcus ... Herself / Young Spirit
Natsuko Ohama ... Herself / Obâchan
Chizuko Ohama ... Herself / Sugar Beet Field Worker (as Chizuko [Murakami] Ohama)
Midori Grace Ohama ... Herself (as Midori Grace [Murakami] Ohama)
George Murakami ... Himself / Procession
Yuki Chapman ... Herself / Procession (as Yuki [Murakami] Chapman)
Sueko Omori ... Herself
Masatoshi Yamaguchi ... Himself
Kazuko Akino ... Herself
Fumiko Yamaguchi ... Herself
Toshiko Hiroyasu ... Herself
Nanae Sogou ... Herself
Shigeo Sogou ... Himself
Mr. Yoshinori Imamoto ... Himself (as Mr.)
Mrs. Yoshinori Imamoto ... Herself
Hirohito Imamoto ... Himself
Chieko Nishida ... Herself
Nelson Mashita ... Otokichi
Donna Yamamoto ... Yasu
July Ono ... Suye
Warren Takeuchi ... Mitsujiro

Hiro Kanagawa ... Sadaji
Masataka Endo ... Young George
Rosalind Endo ... Young Midori
Kaede Mizukoshi ... Young Chizuko
Ayaka Kurashina ... Young Yuki
Chika Oshikiri ... Young Yae / Procession
Tetsu Takagaki ... Young Hisashi
Isao Takagaki ... Young Butch
Ryota Takahara ... Young Osamu
Takeo Yamashiro ... Shakuhachi Musician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tona Ohama ... Sugar Beet Field Worker

Directed by
Linda Ohama 
Writing credits
Linda Ohama (writer)

Produced by
Betsy Carson .... associate producer
Selwyn Jacob .... producer
Graydon McCrea .... executive producer
Linda Ohama .... producer
Original Music by
Dennis Burke 
Cinematography by
Kirk Tougas (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Manfred Becker 
Linda Ohama 
Production Design by
Vivien Nishi 
Art Direction by
Barry Kootchin 
Set Decoration by
Don Madsen 
Leslie Madsen 
Costume Design by
Christina McQuarrie  (as Christina Mcquarrie)
Makeup Department
Julia Bors .... hair stylist
Julia Bors .... makeup department head
Production Management
Bill Donovan .... production manager
Dale Gamble .... production manager
Kathryn Lynch .... production supervisor
Julia Neville .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Foss .... second assistant director
Ty Haller .... first assistant director
Art Department
Tor Baxter .... carpenter
Madonna Blunt .... scenery painter
Lubor Cencak .... scenery painter
Christopher Cooper .... carpenter
Paul Duffy .... scenery painter
Erich Hepnar .... decorator: greens
Jayne Mason .... scenery painter
Colin R. Potter .... set dresser (as Colin Potter)
Ginny Sakamoto .... assistant art director
Les Sand .... decorator: greens
Sound Department
Tyler Berrie .... foley recordist
Dennis Burke .... sound re-recording mixer
Dennis Burke .... sound supervisor
Darren Gilmore .... adr recordist
Robert Hanchar .... additional recordist: documentary (as Rob Hanchar)
Patrick Haskill .... effects editor (as Patric Haskill)
Jeff Henschel .... additional recordist: documentary/drama
Philip Hunter .... dialogue editor (as Phil Hunter)
Pat Lauwers .... boom operator
Geo Major .... boom operator (as George Major)
Iain Pattison .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Playfair .... additional recordist: documentary
Paul A. Sharpe .... sound re-recording mixer
Leigh Hunt Wilks .... sound recordist: documentary/drama (as Leigh Hunt Wilkes)
Special Effects by
Mike Splatt .... special effects coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Adriano Cavina .... camera assistant: documentary
Robert Creese .... additional camera: documentary
Jon Fenster .... dolly grip
Dale Gamble .... stills photographer: documentary
Rudolf Kovanic .... additional camera: documentary (as Rudy Kovanic)
Morgan Kroon .... camera assistant: documentary
Gerry Murakami .... stills photographer: documentary
Rosamond Norbury .... location stills
Caitlin Ohama Darcus .... camera operator: DV, documentary
Linda Ohama .... camera operator: DV, documentary
Mikil Lee Rullman .... camera assistant: documentary (as Mikil Rullman)
Les Sanderson .... lighting technician
Hiram Schmerer .... second camera assistant
Alexis Seto .... stills photographer: documentary
Trevor Shaddelee .... key grip (as Trevor Schaddelee)
Robert E. Simpson .... assistant camera (as Rob Simpson)
Robert E. Simpson .... first camera assistant (as Rob Simpson)
Christopher G. Sprague .... gaffer (as Chris Sprague)
Matthew Walkley .... gaffer (as Matt Walkly)
Tony Westman .... additional camera: documentary
Colin Wildschut .... location stills
Richard Win .... second camera assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Oriana Graber .... on-set costumer
Kris Rohani .... additional costumes
Editorial Department
Manfred Becker .... supervising editor
Ken Cathro .... colour correction
Sue Howard .... assistant editor
Neil Thompson .... associate editor
Transportation Department
David Jordan .... driver
Akira Nobuta .... driver: Japan, documentary
Other crew
Ao Akino .... production assistant: documentary
Kazuko Akino .... researcher: Japan, documentary
Manfred Becker .... story editor
Jack Darcus .... production consultant
Bruce Hagerman .... program administrator
Angela Heck .... publicist: National Film Board of Canada
Corey Jones .... script continuity
Toshio Murao .... mochi pounder: documentary
Sue Murphy .... production assistant: documentary/drama
Yoshi Nishikihama .... mochi pounder: documentary
George Ohama .... production assistant: documentary
Sumiko Urata .... dance consultant: documentary
Tommy Wilson .... location assistant (as Tom Wilson)

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Joy Luck Club the sequel, 25 October 2001
Author: Shiva-11 from Vancouver, BC

As they grow older, many people discover how little they really know about their family history. For Linda Ohama, what began as a simple tribute to mark the centennial birthday of her Obaachan (grandmother) blossomed into a full-length film that took five years to complete.

The film examines the journey of Asayo Murakami, who came to Steveston British Columbia as a "picture bride" from Hiroshima in 1923. As her research continued, Linda made a remarkable discovery: although Asayo's life was repeatedly touched by history - the 1923 Tokyo earthquake, World War II, and arguably, BC's most shameful chapter, the internment and disenfranchising of Japanese Canadians - it was a painful secret that challenged her indomitable spirit. This revelation took the film in an unexpected direction and would eventually help her progeny understand their identity and put them in touch with their past.

Ohama had a difficult task before her - given the nature of the subject matter, she had to carefully balance all the elements to avoid the cheesy melodrama typical of the genre, while taking care not to minimize the emotionality of the events. She also had to avoid the continuity gap trap when combining the historical footage, with dramatizations and present day footage. To Ohama's credit, the sequences blend seamlessly. The project also turned into a family affair: family members are featured throughout and Linda's sister Natsuko Ohama, an established actress in her own right, portrays the young Asayo, capturing her resilience and a defiance uncharacteristic of her grandmother's culture and generation.

Obaachan's Garden is a beautiful film that reminds us to always look deeper if we expect to truly understand someone. There was no shortage of damp eyes and sniffling among the preview audience, so remember to bring some Kleenex.

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