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Kyoko (1996)

R | | Drama | 30 March 1996 (Japan)
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As a child, Kyoko learned latin dance from Jose, a Cuban-American serviceman stationed in Japan. Years later, Kyoko travels to New York to see Jose again. After much searching, she finds ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kyoko
Masayuki Shida ...
Truck Driver
Patricia Álvarez ...
Young Kyoko (as Patricia Álvarez Marin)
Alexander Varona Marrero ...
Young Jose
Humberto Gettys ...
Bellman
Bill Stitt ...
Counting Man
Marylyn Bishop ...
Woman with dog
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Ralph
Bradford West ...
David
Michael Feigin ...
BJ
Jay Baez ...
Mark
Al Lopez ...
Jorge
Oscar A. Colon ...
Uncle Pablo
Fatima Da Silva ...
Cocktail Waitress
Carlos Osorio ...
Jose
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As a child, Kyoko learned latin dance from Jose, a Cuban-American serviceman stationed in Japan. Years later, Kyoko travels to New York to see Jose again. After much searching, she finds Jose, only to discover that he is dying of AIDS and no longer remembers much of his past, including the time he and Kyoko spent together. His last wish is to return to Miami to be with his family, and so Kyoko agrees to drive him, hoping that somewhere along the way, he will remember her. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Because of You  »

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THE TRAILER CONTAINS SPOILERS!!! This film was a pleasant surprise.
10 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

****PLEASE DO NOT WATCH THE TRAILER because it contains spoilers!! Just watch the film, trust me.********

This film pleasantly surprised me-- I recommend it whole-heartedly.

I found this film randomly at the library one day, and picked it up having no expectations. (Why hadn't I heard of it?'' I wondered. Answer: because it's independently produced.) The DVD box relays the following information: "Twenty-one year old Kyoko journeys to New York to visit a former-GI, Jose, who taught her the joy of Latin dance as a young girl. She discovers that Jose is terminally ill and unable to remember her."

So, going into the film, I had some ideas of my own about how the plot could be handled. Without discussing plot or the conclusion of the movie, I can assure you I was wrong with any assumptions I had.

Maybe it's because of the international involvement (Japan & US production) or the subject matter that I found 'Because of You' to be very original. Given the elements of the film (OK, we have Dance + Cuba + New York + Japan + AIDS), a lot of different things could be done.. but 'Because of You' does not play into stereotyping, and shows a diverse portrayal of life in America, in my opinion. I thought it was interesting to see the social interactions between the different cultures as well. (Spanish and Japanese are used at points throughout the film-- the Japanese director isn't afraid to give audiences authenticity.)

Although made in 1995, the film's messages still speak to today's audiences, but not in an preachy manner or anything.

Overall the movie is enjoyable to watch, and has the elements of a great film: great acting, good use of cinematography, compelling plot & even a great soundtrack. I recommend this movie; you should see it.


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