Sachi Parker is the Witch of the West

Sachi ParkerAmerican actress Sachi Parker (51) has made her Japanese movie debut. In “Nishi no Majo ga Shinda” (The Witch of the West is Dead), she plays the title role, the English grand-mother of the young heroine Mai. Parker, the daughter of actress Shirley MacLaine and producer Steve Parker, has had roles in such major Hollywood movies as “Back To The Future” (1985), “Peggy Sue Got Married” (1986) and “Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael” (1990), but hasn’t appeared much since. As a child she lived with her family in Tokyo’s Yoyogi Uehara and attended the local International School. She once co-anchored a show called “Manhattan Express” for the Fuji TV network that introduced New York life to the Japanese audience. At yesterday’s event she spoke in fluent Japanese about how she had never dreamed of making a film in her old hometown, adding that she wanted her mother to see the movie. Directed by Nagasaki Shunichi and based on an award-winning children’s book, the movie’s cast includes newcomer Takahashi Mayu (13) as Mai, Takahashi Katsumi (47) and Kimura Yuichi (45). It opens in theaters in June.