Feb 252011

Actor Kohashi Kenji will make his directorial debut with the self-shot documentary “DON’T STOP!“, planned for release in 2012.

In 2007, Kohashi quit acting to develop his own capabilities, and set off for the USA. After returning home, he tried his hand at various new activities: directing fashion promotion videos, DJing, event production, and when the time was ripe, he took on the documentary project.

The film documents the journey of CAP, a 46-year-old tough guy living in Hokkaido, who realizes a childhood dream: “Ever since I was a kid, just once, I wanted to go to America and ride a Harley down Route 66.” Kohashi goes along for the ride as CAP traverses 4200 km along the legendary Route 66 – the beloved artery stretching across America, captured in film and music, and kept alive in the popular imagination. With his self-shot footage, Kohashi’s effort promises to be a first-rate “road movie”.

CAP’s love affair with America and motorcycles began when he was young, but when he was 26, a traffic accident immobilized his left hand and lower body. Over the next twenty years, much of his life was spent either in a bed or in a wheelchair.

Beside his bed, he placed an American flag and an English dictionary. Nearly every day, he would watch the film “Easy Rider” and listen to tunes by Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry. He would smoke Marlboros, drink Coca-Cola, and enjoy Bourbon. And all the while, he would think about a faraway America, seeking out a place where he might discover freedom.

In early 2010, writer Takahashi Ayumu met with CAP, setting in motion the project that would help CAP realize his lifelong dream. In advance of the movie premier, Takahashi will publish his own book chronicling CAP’s entire journey, which goes on sale February 25th.

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