Filmography - Films

(in post production)

Second feature film project written and directed by Darryl Wharton-Rigby starring Shogen and Ana Tanaka.

don doko don:
the yamakiya taiko club story (documentary)

Don Doko Don: The Yamakiya Taiko Club Story is a documentary by filmmaker Darryl Wharton-Rigby, which follows Genki Endo and the Yamakiya Taiko Club, an award winning Japanese taiko drum troop.  The group is comprised of kids, teens and 20-year-olds – living in Yamakiya, a small town near the failed Fukushima nuclear power plant – that struggle to stay together after being is forced to flee their beloved mountain community because of high levels of radiation.  This story is important as it shows the resiliency of a community working to maintain their lives and traditions after a tragic and life altering event.

(short film)

A young man returns to the home in which he was raised and struggles to make peace with his past.

duty free
(short film)

A Japanese peace activist must chose between his moral beliefs and the history of his family’s past.

obon (short film)

Yuka, who is pregnant, must go home to pay homage to her ancestors for Obon, which is the time of year when Japanese people believe the spirit returns.  And during these early years of the ‘new’ millennium, many old traditions blend with the new. 

Yuka meets with her cousin, Ryo, so they can say prayers at the cemetery. When she arrives, it's worse than she feared. Everything is gone. Her relatives' home, her old school, the temple, and the cemetery have all been decimated. 

Despite facing this adversity, Yuka knows that there's still hope.


the dream jar
(short film)

A Photographer struggles to be with the woman he can have and the dream girl he wants to have...