Hakone Day 2, Datong School, and Sun Yat-Sen

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Qiu Jin and Chinese female students in Japan

Day two of filming last weekend took us again to Hakone Gardens in Saratoga. We filmed scenes of Qiu Jin discussing political ideas with a group of Chinese female students. The actresses’ kimonos were prepared expertly by Yuki, who is a master at tying the obi! Hakone Gardens was also used as a fill-in for China, where Connie and Li Jing discusses their plans for the Chinese Women’s Journal.

Our garage set once again was transformed into the Datong School. Finally, we had Richard return to reprise his role as Sun Yat-Sen for a quick portrait.

Click the link to view photos from Day 2.

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Hakone Gardens, Overfelt Gardens, and Secret Society

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Fight!

We had a 16-hour film shoot spread across three locations: Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, Overfelt Gardens in San Jose, and our Qing Dynasty House Set in our garage! Filming and photography yielded a lot of good footage and photos. Thanks to everyone who came out and participated! Tomorrow, we do it all over again, although our shooting schedule will be a little less hectic than today.

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Chinese Furniture

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Chinese Furniture that we need

We are looking for traditional Chinese furniture items to be used in several scenes set in Qiu Jin’s residence and school. These scenes will be filmed in the Bay Area. If you have traditional-looking furniture similar to the ones pictured below that you can lend to the production, let us know!

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Casting Call

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Be An Extra!

We are currently looking for supporting actors and extras for various scenes to be filmed in the Bay Area during weekends in May and/or June. If you or someone you know fits into one of these categories and would like to be an extra, send us an email at info(at)qiu-jin.com

  1. Asian men (able to pass for Chinese) with shaved heads, 20’s – 30’s yrs. old. Both non-speaking and Mandarin-speaking roles. We will need about 7-10 people to play soldiers and scholars.

    Filming dates: May 10-11, 17-18 (Note: Extras do not need to be present for all days, most likely 1-2 days, 3-4 hours each day.)
    Location: Santa Clara and San Jose

  2. Asian men (able to pass for Chinese) with short or slicked back hair, 20’s – 30’s yrs. old. We will need about 10 people to play students.

    Filming dates: May 10-11, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.
    Location: Hakone Gardens, Saratoga

  3. Asian women (able to pass for Chinese), 20’s – 30’s yrs. old. Able to speak Mandarin (basic level okay). We will need about 5 people to play students. We have filled all of these spots. Thanks for responding.

    Filming dates: May 10-11, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Hakone Gardens, Saratoga

  4. Asian women (able to pass for Chinese), teens – 30’s yrs. old with knowledge of wushu basics. All levels welcome, from beginner to advanced. We will need about 40 people to play soldiers training in the Women’s Army.

    Filming date: Sunday, May 4, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Location: Tilden Park, Berkeley

  5. Asian men with shaved heads, 40’s-60’s yrs. old.

    Filming dates: May 10-11, 17-18 (Note: Extras do not need to be present for all days, most likely 1-2 days, 3-4 hours each day.)
    Location: Santa Clara and San Jose

  6. Asian women, 40’s-60’s yrs. old.

    Filming dates: May 10-11, 17-18 (Note: Extras do not need to be present for all days, most likely 1-2 days, 3-4 hours each day.)
    Location: Santa Clara and San Jose

Extras will be provided meals and a free copy of the DVD when completed!