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Joji Yoshida
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Friday - September 08, 2006
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Zero Kazama
Zero Kazama

Congrats to actor Zero Kazama on the unveiling of his brand new website. Take a tour at zerokazama.com and see what you’ll discover about this upcoming talent. He earned his black belt in taekwondo in sixth grade. His hobbies are fire dancing, playing the Native American flute, and trail running. He was inspired by Mark Dacascos to study the Brazilian martial art Capoeira. Zero appeared on the silver screen at the 2005 Hawaii International Film Festival. The Yakuza character he portrayed was cast perfectly. James Sereno directed the festival trailer and shot by cinematographer Paul Atkins. The gorgeous Jennifer Tokunaga was featured as Zero’s onscreen love interest.

One of his future goals is to make films while traveling around the world. He’s a fan of the works by Lucy Liu and Brad Pitt. He was last seen at Phuket Thai in a power lunch, hmmm ...


The Isle film and television industry has grown immensely in the past several years. The following have made contributions by showing their support: Don Stroud, Rick Bernico, Tony Young, Gloria Woodruff, Melissa Jackson, Vilma Tucay, Ruth Castellano and Vivian Verdadero. I wanted to acknowledge them by sending a happy birthday shout out ...

New generation of actors and filmmakers come together. (front, left) Edison Erorita, Serena Karnagy (back) Ty Sanga, Jose Corpus, Zero Kazama, Scott Francis Russell and yours truly
New generation of actors and filmmakers come
together. (front, left) Edison Erorita, Serena Karnagy
(back) Ty Sanga, Jose Corpus, Zero Kazama, Scott
Francis Russell and yours truly

Former pro football player Rick Burke is a certified Pilates and Gyrotonic instructor. His clientele includes celebrities, pro athletes, senior citizens and injury rehab patients. He’s one of the most sought after personal trainer in the Islands. He trained celebs Lea Salonga, Sonny Ching, Andrew Sakaguchi, Lopaka Igarta-DeVera and acting coach Anna Strasberg. With his wife, Maria Torchia, they operate Body Balance Centre. Check out their gorgeous new studio on 1115 Young St. Rick has helped people in Hawaii get physically fit almost a decade. Log on at www.bodyhawaii.com and get information on how to get started ...


Good luck to Ty Sanga, who relocated to Orange, Calif., to attend Chapman University for his master’s degree in film-making. He’s one of a trio of filmmakers to graduate from Saint Louis High School. The other two are directors Blane Dydasco and Jeff Katts. Ty was influenced by the obstacles that Asian-Americans face in the movie industry. His taste in movies are the indie successes Motorcycle Diaries, Once Were Warriors and Whale Rider. At the 2006 Big Island Film Festival his film Plastic Leis won the Best Hawaiian Short Film award. The movie stars Bob Stevens, Desiree Kihano, Emi Noguchi and Jackie Seeley. Atlanta, Shanghai and now the OC. Ty can’t wait to come home for vacation for a bowl of hot noodles at Sanoya Rahmen ...

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