a Japanese-American cinematic folk tale


Actor, Thomas


Yuji Okumoto was born and raised in Hollywood, California.  He’s been acting for thirty-five years and has appeared in over eighty productions. His breakout role came when he was cast as the iconic villain in Karate Kid 2. That was just the beginning as Okumoto’s list of credits include studio blockbusters (Inception, Pearl Harbor, Big Momma’s House 2, The Truman Show, The Game, Contact, The Crow 4, True Believer) The younger generations may now know Okumoto from Disney hits: Johnny Tsunami and Johnny Kapahala.  

Yuji also writes and produces in his spare time. His first was a play called Filofax of Life was featured in Eavesdrop Cafe. His next foray in writing came when he penned an action pilot Katana, for Strike TV. He has since directed, wrote and produced a short film called Black Thread and wrote and produced another called Out.

Outside of “the industry”, Okumoto is the successful proprietor of an Hawaiian-American cuisine restaurant in Seattle, Washington called Kona Kitchen. Okumoto must be doing something right…Kona Kitchen has been a Seattle landmark for over twelve years now.