big-bachi-for-webA reading of scenes from the upcoming film “The Big Bachi” was held at the Far East Lounge in Little Tokyo on Sunday. The event, a fundraiser for the big-screen adaptation of Naomi Hirahara’s first Mas Arai mystery, “Summer of the Big Bachi” (2004), included a Q&A session with the performers and the filmmaking team. Back row, from left: actors Tadamori Yagi, Alison Minami, Edmund Kwan, DC Wolfe, Jon Ohye. Front row, from left: Derek Shimoda, director; Aaron Shizuo Aoki, actor; Koji Steven Sakai, producer; Mark Tasaka, writer. A Kickstarter campaign to fund the film is under way, with a Nov. 4 deadline. For more information, visit

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