Pearblossom is a small desert town in California, where the Japanese immigrant Anna hangs out with the American Cory, who has not yet come out of the closet. Anna lives with her uncle and aunt and regularly calls her grandma in Japan, whom she misses terribly. To earn money for a trip to Japan, she works as a prostitute. Cory does nothing, except sing in an unsuccessful death-metal band and film himself, hoping to get a place in a reality show. Together with Cory’s conservative brother Jef, the two set off to San Francisco to look for Cory’s real father.
The relationships between the three gradually emerge during the journey and it slowly becomes clear what lies behind the deeds (or lack thereof) of the travellers, whose life is set in grittily shot and depressing motel rooms, rainy streets and bars full of strangers, where the truth bubbles to the surface after you’ve had enough beer. The leading roles are played by Atsuko Okatsuka and Cory Zacharia, just as in Mike Ott’s first film, Littlerock.

Filmmaker
Mike Ott
Country
USA, Greece
Year
2012
Medium
HDcam
Length
80’
Language
English, Japanese
Producer
Athina Rachel Tsangari
Production Company
Haos Film
Sales
Haos Film
Writer
Mike Ott, Atsuko Okatsuka
Cinematography
Mike Gioulakis
Editor
David Nordstrom
Production Design
WenDee Cuneo
Sound Design
Ron Salaises
Music
María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir
Cast
Atsuko Okatsuka, Cory Zacharia