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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Beatty
Movie Barmaid
Kate Beatty
Hiromoto Ida ...
No Ogawa
Art Kageyama ...
Mr. Ogawa
Masako Kageyama ...
Mrs. Ogawa
Dan (as Michael C. Lawrenchuk)
Christine Lippa ...
Movie Cowboy
John Milton Branton ...
Vince Buddy
Janne Mortil ...
Karen Steinbach ...
Holly (as Karen Steinebach)
Denalda Williams ...


No Ogawa, a young Japanese man, loves American western movies. What little English he does know he learned from these movies. When he is fired from his latest job at a fast food restaurant, he decides to become a cowboy. In his youth, he had a same-aged pen-pal named Kate Beatty, who he plans on visiting in the Canadian prairies specifically because she told him she was a cowgirl. No has plans literally and figuratively of riding off into the sunset with Kate. No's dreams are dashed when he arrives in Canada and finds that Kate is not a cowgirl, but an artist. She recently returned to her hometown after living in the big city, and has since led a relatively reclusive life with no husband on the horizon. As such, Kate's mother, with whom Kate does not confide, is hoping that Kate and No do end up together. He is even staying with her while in town. But Kate is harboring a secret, the reason for her being so reclusive. Her secret is not so secret, at least to her mother. Bill, a local ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama | Western






Release Date:

October 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tokyo cowboy  »

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Different, it was recommended with Shall we Dance.
16 August 2005 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

Different, fun and like life itself doesn't have an exact Hollywood outcome.

The main characters learns and teaches others. One of my favorite scenes is about the reason for taking off shoes before going into the house - it's basically so you leave the world and it's chaos outside your sanctuary and not to avoid getting dirt that can be vacuumed up later.

Also, when you put two different cultures together you learn a lot about each. The good and the bad. There is some basic dishonesty in our own culture and also many humorous sayings that arn't to be taking literally.

I also recommend renting Shall We Dance.

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