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Young female rock singer is not appreciated by her band, gets postcard from Japan saying "wish you were here". Takes what little money she has including ex-boyfriend's rent money and goes ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Carrie Hamilton ...
Wendy Reed
Daiamondo Yukai ...
Hiro Yamaguchi (as Yutaka Tadokoro)
Hiroshi Kobayashi ...
Kaz
Hiroshi Sugita
Satoshi Kanai
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Toshimitsu Deyama ...
Toshi
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Yoshiki
Tomoaki Ishizuka ...
Pata
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Minoru
Hideto Matsumoto ...
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Hiroshi Mikami ...
Club Manager
Taiji Sawada ...
Taiji
Toki Shiozawa ...
Mama-san
Tetsurô Tanba ...
Mr. Dota
Taiji Tonoyama ...
Grandpa
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Young female rock singer is not appreciated by her band, gets postcard from Japan saying "wish you were here". Takes what little money she has including ex-boyfriend's rent money and goes to Tokyo. She has numereous cross-cultural adventures and ends up singing with a Japanese rock group looking for a gaijin gimmick. They get their 15 minutes of fame, and our heroine realizes that she has no future there, and will hold them back if she stays. Everyone lives happily ever after. Written by andrew mossberg <aem@symbiosis.ahp.com>

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5 November 1988 (Japan)  »

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The band performing during the movie is X, which later became X Japan. See more »

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Written and Produced by Alan Brewer
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Delightful, fun, and real
9 July 2001 | by (Adelaide, Australia) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie. The characters are real and likeable and the story is entertaining. The script is excellent and the exchanges between the Japanese and gaijin characters genuinely amusing and realistic. I loved the way the hero (Hiro) was always several beats behind in his responses to English. Anyone who has spent some time in Japan and has an interest in the Japanese music scene will find a lot to take delight in here. And the occasional desperation of a gaijin, feeling lost and alien in Japan, is cleverly portrayed. The people who made this movie really knew what they were on about, from the Japanese and the gaijin point of view.

The two lead actors are very believable and the other cast members are all excellent. The band scenes and the portrayals of the varied types of musicians are great fun.

I had never heard of this movie before I watched it and it was a revelation to find something so amusing and true about a place and a music that I love. Thank you to these film makers!


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