“Everything was almost as professional as Hollywood indie film. The working environment was totally professional. They respect me as an actor. I have no complaints,” says Hollywood-based Japanese actor Yuki Matsuzaki about his experience making Cinemalaya movie Instant Mommy.

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One of the things that convinced Hollwood actor Yuki Matsuzaki to play the role of Kaoru in Instant Mommy was Eugene Domingo’s performance in Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank.

Yuki revealed this during the press conference of Instant Mommy yesterday, August 22, at Cocoon Boutique Hotel in Quezon City.

“After I submitted [my application for] the role, I bought a DVD of Babae Sa Septic Tank.

"I saw it seven times because it was such a good performance, Uge’s performance,” he said.

In a separate interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Yuki said, “I was blown away by her performance, how good she was, and how funny she was.

“I really wanted to do this film.”

As a co-actor, Yuki said Eugene has give more than what he expected.

“The experience I had with Ms. Uge reminds me of some of the experiences I had in Letters From Iwo Jima.

“There, I collaborated with other actors more about improvisational scenes and each of us played realistic characters and just go along with whatever’s going on in the scene.

“Ms. Uge, because she’s realistic and believable, I didn’t have to act.

“I could just become a character and it just happened organically.”

Letters From Iwo Jima is a 2006 Hollywood film directed by Clint Eastwood.

The Hollywood-based Japanese actor was also impressed by his other co-stars in Instant Mommy because of their professionalism.

Yuki said, “Everything was almost as professional as Hollywood indie film.

“The working environment was totally professional.