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The Shangri-la Cafe

A short film written and directed by Lily Mariye National Organization for Women Filmmaker of the Year

“It’s an impressive directing debut for actress Lily Mariye. Heartfelt and unusually sensitive to the heightened experience of children, “The Shangri-la Cafe” is a strong showcase for Mariye’s directing talents. It deserves to be expanded into a feature.” -Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle

"An extraordinary debut by a unique new voice in American filmmaking." -Jonathan Kaplan, Director, The Accused, Over the Edge

"... Lily is a director with vision." -Anthony Edwards, Actor/Director

"A compelling and emotional story, superbly told, Lily Mariye has much to say and this is a powerful beginning" -Lesli Linka Glatter, Director, The Proposition, Now and Then, State of Emergency

"A stirring evocation of a very personal place and time, 'The Shangri-la Cafe' serves up a tender, bittersweet childhood recollection of a not always glittering Las Vegas past." 
-Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter



  • Best Short Film Award, Moondance International Film Festival
  • Best Screenplay Award, Brussels Independent Film Festival
  • 2nd place, Best Short Film, Nashville Independent Film Festival
  • 2nd place, Best Short Film, Woodstock Film Festival



  • BBC British Short Film (London)
  • Seattle International
  • Palm Springs Short Film
  • Hamptons International
  • American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood
  • Athens International Sepia Women of Color (Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.)
  • Big Bear Los Angeles
  • Asian Pacific American Film and Video New York
  • Asian American International San Francisco
  • Asian American Women of Color (Berkeley, CA)
  • Sedona International Shades of Power (S.F., CA)
  • Chicago Asian American Showcase
  • San Diego Asian American
  • Slant (Houston, TX)
  • University of Iowa
  • Boston Museum of Fine Arts
  • Portobello Film (London)
  • Woodstock Film (NY)
  • Blue Sky International Film (Las Vegas)
  • Magnolia Festival
  • Yale Women in Film Festival

PBS broadcasts: May 2002 & 2003 as part of Asian Heritage Month January 2004, Colorvision (up & coming filmmakers of color)



Las Vegas, Nevada, 1959, is a tumultuous time for everyone. Blacks are not allowed to eat in "White Only" restaurants. It's easier for Japanese-Americans to pretend to be Chinese-Americans in order to escape post-WWII racism. Emiko and Tad Takashi own the restaurant where the Reverend Charles Osteen would like to have his family dine with the white customers. The ultimate choice Emiko must make, and the effect it has on their daughter, Annie, will change their lives forever.





Joanne Takahashi & Montana Tsai



Montana Tsai



Sam Anderson




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