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Life Tastes Good -- The directorial debut of award-winning playwright Philip Kan Gotanda, whose works include "The Wash," "Ballad of Yachiyo," "Sisters Matsumoto," and "Manzanar: An American Story." A quirky tale that brings together a murder, poison mushrooms and a mysterious woman to reveal the ephemeral beauty of life and the unforgiving nature of death. It is the story of a rogue mobster who finds love in the darkest days of his life.


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  (in credits order)

Sab Shimono ... Harry Sado

Julia Nickson ... The Woman (as Julia Nickson-Soul)

Tamlyn Tomita ... Julie Sado
Greg Watanabe ... Howard Sado

Kelvin Han Yee ... Max
Tim Lounibos ... Archie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sean Blackman ... Bernie (as Sean San Jose)
Philip Kan Gotanda ... Mr. Jones
Judi Nihei ... Clorice
Tomoye Takahashi ... Mrs. J
Diane Takei ... Lila
Jennie Yee ... Harry's Wife

Directed by
Philip Kan Gotanda 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Philip Kan Gotanda  writer

Produced by
Wendy Braitman .... co-producer
Catherine Gotanda .... associate producer
Philip Kan Gotanda .... executive producer
Joan Haratani .... co-executive producer
Tsugio Hiji .... associate producer
Manabi Hirasaki .... associate producer
Sumi Hirasaki .... associate producer
Dale Minami .... executive producer
Ray Ocampo .... associate producer
Martha Suzuki .... associate producer
Henry Takahashi .... associate producer
Tomoye Takahashi .... associate producer
Diane Takei .... producer (as Diane Emiko Takei)
Pamela Wu .... line producer
Michael Yoon .... associate producer
Michele Midori Yoshida .... associate producer
Original Music by
Dan Kuramoto 
Cinematography by
Michael Chin 
Film Editing by
Maysie Hoy 
Production Design by
Kate Edmunds 
Art Direction by
Jake Strelow 
Mikiko Uesugi 
Costume Design by
Lydia Tanji 
Production Management
Jim McSilver .... post-production supervisor
Jim McSilver .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Walter Marín .... second assistant director
Kenzo Taiji .... assistant director
Art Department
Jennifer Klide .... property master
Sound Department
Michael Emery .... production sound mixer
Mark Fay .... boom operator
Alison Rider .... boom operator
Paul James Zahnley .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Otis W. Bess Jr. .... assistant camera
Dean Hayasaka .... gaffer
Ben Hurlbutt .... still photographer
Hilary Morgan .... first assistant camera
D.J. Radder .... best boy electric
Andrew Sachs .... second assistant camera
Peter Burgess Smith .... key grip
Brian Stephens .... grip
Chris Thomas .... gaffer
Beau Vaughan .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathleen Giordano .... costumer
Editorial Department
Angela Chou .... negative cutter
Steve Klocksiem .... assistant editor (as Steven Klocksiem)
Jim McSilver .... additional editor
Christine Willging .... assistant editor (as Chris Willging)
Other crew
Tora Chung .... assistant production coordinator
Saisie M. Jang .... production coordinator
John Sun Lew .... assistant to director
Jeremy Parr .... key production assistant

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USA:88 min


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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Quirky and intriguing, well-acted, 3 December 2004
Author: dalemarshall from Aurora, NY

The story line isn't new, but the telling is, and the actors are first class. There are marvelous touches of humor and poignant yet subtle comments on the human condition. It's a cop film, it's film noir, it's a love story, it's a family drama – a well written, beautifully acted film that will intrigue you and also make you angry. You'll be angry (if you have any sense) because you'll have had a rare chance to see an ensemble of Asian American actors you probably never saw before. Only a couple of the actors will be familiar at all, from single roles in a couple of big films. The talent in this cast and crew is remarkable, and most American film goers will never get the chance to notice their work. Spend an evening with this movie and enjoy a rare treat.

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