There’s no shortage of promise when it comes to ultra-cute EMILY KAIHO, as this pretty newcomer is loaded with a deluge of sweetness. Like how Chiaki Kuriyama gained global recognition for playing Gogo Yubari, the dangerously sexy schoolgirl assassin from “Kill Bill”, Emily might just be the next scene stealer. On her film debut “Bunraku”, she stars as Momoko, the cousin of Samurai Yoshi who both become entangled in the affairs of the No.1 Bad Guy Nicola played with mangy aplomb by Ron Pearlman. Watch out for Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore and even Woody Harrelson as larger than life characters in the action-heavy Sin City meets Spaghetti western that draws inspiration from countless Ronin classics. “Bunraku” does serve up a visual feast interjected with humor (by Woody of course) and EMILY does her bit to catch the eye as Momoko; eliciting the desire in us to protect/save her much like we would of a female anime character. It has be those rich flavors of Scottish-American and Japanese in her ethnicity that for so long has led to our fascination with Pan Asian allure.
If you’ve seen Caity Lotz executing those high energy martial arts on MTV’s “Death Valley”, expect EMILY to match that sometime in the near future. The EMILY KAIHO OFFICIAL SITE has more juicy updates on this petite yet athletic actress. With her pugilistic skills in Karate, Taekwondo and Wushu among others, she could readily become the newest action starlet. EMILY’s mixed parentage may have somewhat shelved her plans for a career in the Japanese film industry that banks on its standard “Asian” look which I find absurdly archaic but Japan’s loss has to be Hollywood’s gain. Being a love interest of hunky Mr Josh Hartnett on screen should already score EMILY some brownie points with American viewers and those overseas…:) To appreciate the diversity of faces is ensuring upcoming talents like EMILY get their time in the limelight and for me, it’s the greatest feeling to be an earnest supporter.