Johnny Tsunami (1999)

TV Movie  |  TV-G  |   |  Drama, Family, Sport  |  24 July 1999 (USA)
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A Hawaiian teenage surfer shows off his skills when he takes to the snow slopes in Vermont.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Taylor Moore ...
Anthony DiFranco ...
Noah Bastian ...
Gabriel Luque ...
Anne Sward ...
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A Hawaiian teenage surfer shows off his skills when he takes to the snow slopes in Vermont.

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The Temperature Is Down... But The Surf Is Up!


Drama | Family | Sport


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24 July 1999 (USA)  »

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Johnny Cunami  »

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Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa is only 9 years older than Yuji Okumoto, who plays his son. See more »


When Johnny topples over into the display in the ski store, Emily yells "Johnny, no!" yet her mouth remains closed. See more »


Brett: Hey.
[Brett waves at Johnny to come over]
Johnny Kapahaala: Let me guess. No sky's allowed?
Brett: No. What you did yesterday, Getting massive air up off that jump to help Sam and that sky girl, mad props dude, you're a real charger.
Johnny Kapahaala: Oh thanks bro, I didn't know you even saw that?
[Sam throws the hat at Johnny]
Johnny Kapahaala: Oh what's this?
Sam Sterling: Hey now you're cool enough.
[Johnny laughs]
Brett: Going on a sky raid.
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Followed by Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board (2007) See more »


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Skiers Versus Boarders
5 April 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Young Johnny Kapahala from Hawaii has two great loves in life, surfing and his grandfather, the latter teaching him all about the former. The grandfather is known throughout the Hawaiians Islands as the legendary Johnny Tsunami. And young Mr. Kapahala shows every indication of inheriting that name and all that goes with it.

But Johnny's parents played by Yuji Okumoto and Mary Page Keller are going to be moving to Vermont where Johnny is going to get to go to a fashionable prep school because Okumoto is going to teach computer programming.

The free and easy life of Hawaii contrasts with the snobbery he finds among all the young yuppies of the future. And while Johnny finds he's managed to adapt his surfing skills to snowboarding, the ruling elite in the school are skiers as headed by an especially snotty young preppie in Zachary Bostrum.

It's a Disney Channel production so don't expect the best in the way of acting, but Johnny Tsunami has two very good things going for it. Nice location photography both in Hawaii and Vermont and very good chemistry between Brandon Baker and Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa as the junior and senior Tsunamis. Their scenes together are really something special.

Johnny Tsunami proved to be one of the most popular of Disney features, warranting a sequel, Johnny Kapahala, Back on Board with most of the same cast. I've always maintained Hawaii is so beautiful it's almost impossible to make a bad picture there. At least I've seen very few of them.

Look also for a good performance by Gregory Itzin as the headmaster of the prep school whose attitudes are most reflected by the student body.

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