The story of how Akira Nagase and Hiroko Takano became two Japanese-American boys in New York City.
The two are best known for their iconic Akira and Hiro, but Nagase also was an artist and director, and Takano was a poet.
In this podcast, we discuss how the two became known as “the boho boy and the samurai,” the first and only Japanese-Americans to be cast as protagonists in Japanese films.
The pair also share the story of the first time they went on a trip abroad.
The podcast was recorded in November 2014.
The New York Times called them “the greats” of Japanese cinema.
In 2016, they were nominated for the National Film Board of Canada’s prestigious award for Best Foreign-Language Film.
Their most recent film, a biopic of Takano, is a best picture nominee at the 2017 Oscars.