CAST ME IF YOU CAN
'Cast me if you can' : A comedy of oddballs
A pantie thief, a poker-faced jailer and a dwarf-like agent are just three of the strange characters that clash in Japanese director Atsushi Ogata's new film. (by Melinda Joe)
I don’t usually feature Japanese films here, but occasionally one comes along like this delight by writer/director/producer Atsushi Ogata that is subtitled in English and charming enough to warrant a look.
(by Don Morton)
NHK Japanese National TV
Nihon TV "Zoom in! SUPER"
TV Tokyo "100 people who change Japan"
UTB Marudashi (Los Angeles)
Trick or Treat: I LOVE America!
WGA (Buzz Section - November, 2014)
Atsushi Ogata (Cast me if you can) wrote & directed a satirical Halloween comedy "Trick or Treat: I LOVE America", premiering in two parts online for the Halloween season - a unique collaboration with MEGWIN, one of Japan’s popular YouTube comedy creators. Based loosely on the shooting incident in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1992, when a Japanese exchange student was shot to death for knocking on the wrong house for Halloween, the film plays on more recent incidents in America involving gun-control, prejudice and patriotism. Filmed in English at the new YouTube Space Tokyo, Part 1 had 22,000 + viewers overnight and made it to the official YouTube Japan channel.
Shukan NY Seikatsu
In "Eternally Yours," when a crook attempts to take advantage of a forgetful elderly woman, surprises are in store. -Interview by Jon Robbins