Child model Ayaka Wilson gets starring role

Child model Ayaka Wilson has been chosen to play the heroine in “Pako to Mahou no Ehon” (“Pako and the Magical Picture Book”) a fantasy film directed by Tetsuya Nakashima (“Kamikaze Girls,” “Memories of Matsuko”).

This is the first acting role for the half-Canadian, half-Japanese 9-year-old, who began modeling at the age of 3. The part is a difficult one – her character, Pako, has a memory limited to one day, due to an accident.

The rest of the movie’s cast includes Koji Yakusho, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Anna Tsuchiya, and Sadao Abe.

Filming began on April 10. The movie is scheduled for a fall 2008 release.

Sponichi Annex

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