"I am excited by the people's excitement," Noriko told The Hollywood Reporter of audiences' reactions to the film. And while she admits that the film's success has helped their financial situation, she isn't counting on it as a permanent solution to the financial woes that are part of the documentary's narrative. "Now I can pay rent," she says, "but it's still very expensive. I don't know if I can pay in April or May. But more people are coming after the Oscars, so I hope the results will be good."