Rionne McAvoy has an interesting story to tell. You would too if you were an Australian ex-pat living in Japan and working as an independent film director. Few directors from outside of Japan’s borders have produced or shot work on Japanese culture. While you see the odd Hollywood production like Memoires of a Geisha or Ridley Scott’s Black Rain you can probably count the number of films on one hand with room to spare.

I was lucky enough to have a brief chat with Rionne about what he is up to and how an Aussie managed to end up working on a Yakuza film.

So how did you end up in Japan as a director?

I came to Japan from Australia initially to study martial arts. I learnt a lot of discipline and I wanted to use them as a big action star like Stallone or Bruce Willis. Initially I…

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