JUNE 24, 2021
USA | 10 minutes | 2020
As a young hapa (Japanese mixed race) from a poor upbringing, Graham Yamamoto has few options other than to remain in the only life he knows, a life of crime. Working for the small but far reaching Los Angeles branch of the yakuza, Graham is rejected by the other members due to his mixed heritage. Through adversity he learns to stand up for himself and earn some respect along the way.
I created Hapa as an outlet for the people like myself – mixed-race folks and Asian-Americans – who at any point in their lives have faced the challenges of being accepted by their community or struggled with feelings that they don’t belong in it. The film highlights these issues and is a celebration of heritage and culture.
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Director, Writer, Producer, Editor: Takaya Abdou Lloyd
Producers: Jacob Dalton, Adam Moses
Cinematographer: Joseph Loeffler
Composer: Li Quan
Also starring: Austin Kuniyoshi, Shota Kakibata, K. Kevin Choi, Wilky Lau