“Kami-sama” is a horror film in the tradition of Japanese classics like Onibaba and Kwaidan. Seven year-old Ayumi refuses to finish her dinner. So her parents try to scare her straight with the tale of the Kami-sama, a spirit that punishes spoiled children who don’t eat their food. But Ayumi considers this a challenge, and resolves to feed the Kami-sama itself!

Filmmaker Sumire Takamatsu was inspired by a story that her parents told her as a child to convince her to finish her dinner. Now our film “Kami-sama” aims to highlight Japanese-American culture, using bilingual, Japanese-American actors in an authentic setting.