Camille Mana is kicking butt—literally. She plays Suki in “The Samurai of Strongsville, Ohio,” which will debut at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, held from May 12 to 23.
You may have seen the Filipino-Chinese actress in the 2008 film, “Smart People” starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Dennis Quaid, or in “College” as Heather. Mana’s role in “The Samurai of Strongsville, Ohio,” however, is far from underachieving. For her role, she studied Kendo, the Japanese art of sword-fighting.As Suki, Mana is your average high school sophomore. She and her friend, Abigail (played by Abby Wathen from “The Intruders” and “The Young and the Restless”), pretend to be powerful samurai who fight ogres and demons. They are, however, powerless when it comes to warding off ninjas—the popular girls in school. Mana’s life takes a turn for the worst when she tries taking out Melody (played by Emilie Madison from “The Guiding Light”), the strongest Ninja of all.
The film is about confrontation over loyalty and the trade-offs of holding your ground and staying honorable. It’s a film worth watching at the esteemed Cannes Film Festival this year and suitable for all audiences, young and old, ninja and samurai.
Photo: production stills from The Samura of Strongsville, Ohio’s Facebook page