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Living on Tokyo Time (1987)

When her visa expires, a young Japanese immigrant in San Francisco agrees to marry a Japanese-American boy to avoid being deported back to Japan.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Minako Ohashi ...
Kyoko
Ken Nakagawa ...
Ken
Mitzi Abe ...
Mimi
Bill Bonham ...
Carl
Brenda Aoki ...
Michelle
Kate Connell ...
Lana
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yoshi Akuhara ...
Businessman #2
Keith Choy ...
Lambert
James Cranna ...
Jimbo (as Jim Cranna)
John Cruz ...
Drummer
Richard Enos ...
Bass Player
Alex Herschlag ...
Warren
...
Woman in Cafe #2
Jim Hirabayashi ...
Cook
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Nisei Man
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When her visa expires, a young Japanese immigrant in San Francisco agrees to marry a Japanese-American boy to avoid being deported back to Japan.

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She came to America and found the three R's: Romance, Rejection, Rock 'n Roll

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14 August 1987 (USA)  »

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$285,146 (USA)
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The black and white picture of the woman on the bookshelf of records where Kyoto is listening to music is that of singer Grace Slick, singer for Jefferson Airplane. See more »

Quotes

Lana: Come on, what else have you got going? If it works, great, if it fails you can write a song about it like Layla
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Connections

Featured in The Slanted Screen (2006) See more »

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Conditionierer
By Moebius and Plank
Courtesy of Sky Records
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A film of chance, culture, and convenience mixed with love and friendship.
12 May 2016 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

I for one typically like films that involve Japanese people so for sure I had to check out this 1987 film called "Living on Tokyo Time" and it was a slow little moving drama that gave insight into how life is all about chance and learning each day. The film still does a good job to explore Asian-American culture and the clash it has when a young Japanese girl travels to live and start a new life in San Francisco. This woman simply wants a new life a break from the normal ways of her family and she seems well on that path when she marries a Japanese-American junk food want to be rock star in the making. Really this is just a marriage of convenience so that the girl can stay in the U.S. so that her visa will not expire. So the theme of immigration is present so the film might can even be classified as before it's time. Overall the film is a culture class as it shows you learn everyday with life and love and in the end you have to make a choice to do the right thing as sometimes a visit and a stay is just a journey of chance as I think that was what this film proved.


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