Seth, a blue-collar worker, quietly concentrates on his task at hand; he is creating a coffin for his dying daughter. As a matter of fact, he is already a widower. Seth’s struggles with the fact that no one can really control when to die is met with his strength to confront the death of his beloved daughter and asks the viewers the meaning of “life”.
Kenji Hayashi went to Louisiana at the age of seventeen as an exchange student to learn English. He returned to Japan, then went back to the United States to pursue his dream of filmmaking, and in September 2000, entered Cal State Long Beach in California. Two years later, he transferred to New York University to take a filmmaking course. At NYU he learned the craft of filmmaking, from scriptwriting to editing, and graduated in December 2004. Mr. Hayashi now works as a freelancer.
Wrote, directed and edited: American Dream (2002) 16mm short, Black Snow (2003) documentary, Born to Be the Cameraman (2003) mini DV short, Dim (2003) experimental. Scripts: Sea of Love (2000) Japanese feature film, Beyond the Ocean (2004) 99-page feature