7 items from 2009
[Our thanks to regular Twitch reader Indiemaker for the following review of Dave Boyle's indie comedy White on Rice.]
White on Rice is a film that has slowly but surely garnered its fair share of buzz these past few months. I know Todd posted a brief review over the summer and I suspect the film is going to become a substantial cult célèbre even if it may be a while before many of you get a chance to see it.
White on Rice has become something of a festival darling and rousing crowd pleaser throughout its extensive fest play. The film is currently being self promoted and independently distributed by its writer/director David Boyle. So if you're anxious to see it now, you need to go to the website and beg Dave to personally bring it to your town.
I'm sure the director is becoming more and more wary of all of the comparisons being made in reviews to Napoleon Dynamite. Let me say they're unwarranted even if »
What a great day at Austin Asian American Film Festival. I managed to see four features despite a migraine, because the last film was the one film I absolutely had to see (and it didn't disappoint).
The day started with People in the Shadows, a documentary on people in the streets of Tehran. It was more verite, and not enough cinema for me (specifically, not enough context).
But then there was White on Rice, with a quick introduction by co-star Lynn Chen. Hiroshi Watanabe (Letters from Iwo Jima) plays Jimmy, who, despite being in his forties, is still relying on other people to get by -- currently his sister, nephew, and long suffering brother-in-law. When his brother-in-law's niece Ramona (Chen) comes to stay, Jimmy becomes obsessed. Look for a supporting role by James Kyson Lee (Heroes), including an unexpected breakfast-cereal-related costume scene. It's funny, and a crowd pleaser, which is good, »
- Jenn Brown
When director Dave Boyle was making his first film, Big Dreams in Little Tokyo, he knew that one of the actors in his directorial debut, Hiroshi Watanabe, would be perfect for the lead role of Jimmy in what would be his follow-up, White on Rice, which comes out on September 11 in limited release.
This comic-strip-inspired indie comedy revolves around Jimmy, 40-year-old Japanese man who looks for a fresh start in America - despite his extreme cultural misguidance - also features a wonderful ensemble of supporting roles that includes James Kyson Lee, best known as Ando on the hit series Heroes, as Jimmy's co-worker Tim and the lovely Lynn Chen as Ramona, the apple of both Jimmy and Tim's eye. We were able to speak exclusively with Watanabe, Boyle, Lee and Chen about this fresh indie film, so click below for our exclusive interviews.
White on Rice will be released in »
Title: White On Rice Written and Directed by: Dave Boyle (”Big Dreams Little Tokyo”) Starring: Hiroshi Watanabe, (Letters from Iwo Jima), Mio Takada, (Late Night with Conan O’Brien), Lynn Chen, (Saving Face) and Justin Kwong. Produced by: Duane Andersen, Dominic Fratto, and Michael Lerman Scores: Technical: 90, Story: 95, Acting: 100, Overall: 95 Director Dave Boyle both writes and directs the comedy “White on Rice”, a fish-out-of-water love story chronicling the comedic life of Jimmy (Watanabe), an somewhat strange yet charming 40-year-old immigrant as he tries to make it in America. Jimmy lives in his sister Aiko’s and his brother-in-law Tak’s (Takada) basement. Unfortunately Jimmy falls for Tak’s beautiful niece Ramona (Chen) and [...] »
- Brian Corder
Usually, marketing for independent films isn't this funny. Well to be fair, there aren't many really funny under-the-radar indies that pop up outside of a major film festival like Sundance or Toronto, making White on Rice a potential exception to the rule. So its fitting that the marketing, which for us begins with the exclusive clip we're debuting below, is simple, odd and quite funny. Meet Jimmy. He lives on his own. He just wants to find a job so that he doesn't have to live in the park anymore. Won't you help him out and see his movie? Click Below to Watch the Clip The official synopsis goes like this: Director Dave Boyle (Big Dreams Little Tokyo) returns with White on Rice, the comedic story of Jimmy (Hiroshi Watanabe, Letters from Iwo Jima), a misguided 40-year-old divorceé trying to navigate his way through a new life in America and out of his sister Aiko’s (Japanese »
- Neil Miller
Director Dave Boyle returns with White on Rice, the comedic story of Jimmy (Hiroshi Watanabe, Letters From Iwo Jima), a misguided 40-year-old divorcée trying to navigate his way through a new life in America and out of his sister Aiko's (Japanese Academy Award winner Nae) basement. Disgraced by his disgruntled brother-in-law Tak (Mio Takada, Late Night with Conan O'Brien), the immature yet adorable Jimmy spends his nights searching for a new wife who shares his love of dinosaurs and geology. Things go horribly wrong when Jimmy falls desperately in love with Tak's niece, the beautiful Ramona (Lynn Chen), and vows to steal her away from his co-worker Tim (James Kyson Lee). Meanwhile, Bob, Jimmy's nephew and bunk bed-mate (newcomer Justin Kwong) harbors a secret talent that holds the key to rekindling the passion in his parents' marriage. Hilarious and heartwarming, White on Rice is a Japanese-American comic treat. To celebrate White on Rice Wednesdays, »
Jimmy (Hiroshi Watanabe) is 40, divorced, and shares a bunk bed with his 10-year-old nephew. For most men, this state of affairs would be ego-crushing, but Jimmy is strangely unperturbed. Despite an utter lack of social finesse, he embarks on an enthusiastic mission to replace his ex-wife with someone better. Things go horribly wrong when he falls head-over-heels for a younger relative (Lynn Chen) and vows to steal her away from his co-worker Tim (James Kyson Lee). Also starring Nae, Mio Takada, Joy Osmanski, Cathy Shim and newcomer Justin Kwong.
New from the team behind Big Dreams, Little Tokyo, romantic comedy White On Rice is just beginning to turn heads on the festival circuit, and for good reason. With a killer cast - Watanabe was featured in Letters From Iwo Jima, Mio Takada is a regular on Conan O’Brien, Nae has won the Japanese equivalent of an Academy Award, James Kyson Lee »
- Todd Brown
7 items from 2009
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