BERKELEY — Ikeibi Films will hold a fundraiser screening of the new feature film “Infinity & Chashu Ramen” at the California Theater, 2113 Kittredge St. (between Oxford and Shattuck) in Berkeley, on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m.
The screening is a fundraiser for the nonprofit group J-Sei, a cultural and community agency that provides assistance to seniors in the East Bay.
Written and directed by Kerwin Berk, “Infinity & Chashu Ramen” is the first feature film shot entirely in San Francisco’s Japantown, a sleepy little neighborhood in the heart of the city – a magical place where unseen spirits still roam the streets and guide people’s lives.
A mischievous, 400-year-old obake named Tenshi has watched over the community for generations. Today, however, he has been charged with showing a new apprentice, young Lucy Yamaguchi, the ropes. Together, this mismatched pair will wander in and out of the lives of the unsuspecting residents, as they try to keep the universe running smoothly.
The ensemble cast is led by noted Nisei playwright and poet Hiroshi Kashiwagi and features more than two dozen Asian American actors and actresses, including Wendy Woo, Sandra Young, Todd T. Nakagawa, Suz Takeda, Rey Taira, Carolyn Hu, Nishea Andolong, Nan Suphari, Ricky Wang, Randall Nakano, Ben Arikawa, Larry Kitagawa, Henrietta Q. Gard, Anna Jones, Jean Equality Franco, Naomi Quinones, LJ Batinas, Rafe Eric Biggs and Chizu Omori.
“The Virtues of Corned Beef Hash,” a short film about the developing friendship between a Hapa reporter (Tim Yamamura) and a Nisei war veteran (Kashiwagi) he tries to interview will screen before the main feature.
The show will be followed by a Q&A session with the cast and crew.
See the trailer at www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVqdz1c2A38&feature=youtu.be.
Advance tickets cost $10 and are available at http://infinityandchashuramen.com/tickets/berkeley-tickets/. Tickets are $12 at the door.