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And if they didn’t like her performance?

In America, if a young thesp forgets his lines, the penalty is likely to be a stern talking-to. But Japanese filmmakers aren’t so lenient. Youki Kudoh, one of Japan’s hottest actresses, was in Oz to film “Heaven’s Burning,” and she recalled her film debut. One day, she waited for 12 hours in freezing weather, without even a meal ticket. “They would hit me if I made a mistake with the lines,” she told Variety, adding, “Australian people are lucky and American more lucky, maybe.”The lesson seems to have stuck with the star of 1994’s “Picture Bride.” Asked if she’d like to go to Hollywood, she says, “Life is so short, I’d rather work with normal people, pure people and meet nice people. But if the time is right and very nice people are making a nice film, I’d work with them.”

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