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Bondi Tsunami (2004)

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Shark and Yuto are on a road trip around Autralia, surfing, smoking and drinking. They meet up with Kimiko and the mysterious Gunja Man before driving to many famous Australian landmarks.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Taki Abe ...
Shark
Keita Abe ...
Yuto
Miki Sasaki ...
Kimiko
Nobuhisa Ikeda ...
Gunja Man
Monique Wright ...
Barmaid
Tomomi Minamisawa ...
Kitchen Staff
Junko Wakabayashi ...
Kitchen Staff
Yuta Inoue ...
Kitchen Staff
Barton Lynch ...
Surfer at Bar
James Blyth ...
Drag Queen
Luke Bullock ...
Tattooist
Harry Cox ...
Farmer
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Shark and Yuto are on a road trip around Autralia, surfing, smoking and drinking. They meet up with Kimiko and the mysterious Gunja Man before driving to many famous Australian landmarks.

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cult | road movie

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The first Japanese surfing road movie in Australia


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AUD 150,000 (estimated)
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The four stars were Japanese students on a trip to Australia, asked at random by director Rachael Lucas, "Would you like to be in a movie?" None of them have any previous acting experience. See more »

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The first Japanese surfing road movie in Australia
7 August 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This movie is very different and difficult to describe...

It is a music video movie, where there is little dialogue, and some fairly tasteful music choices and nifty camera-work help to move the movie along.

It is a comical movie, which doesn't take itself too seriously. Some scenes are downright funny, especially those with Gunja-man! And there are short comic strip interludes which add a surreal and humorous quality.

It is a road movie, which documents a crazy and meandering trip in an old Holden around some of our "Sunburnt Country". Many notable tourist spots are included, as well as some outback desert scenery.

It is a spiritual movie, which has many Buddhist references. Nirvana, Enlightenment, Void, Illusion and several lines from the Heart Sutra are all mentioned. The movie is portrayed as being somewhere between reality and a dream and is quite atmospheric.

It's a psychedelic and counter-cultural movie. Nimbin is mentioned several times and several scenes seem "other-worldly".

It is a surfing movie, with many allusions to the classic Australian surfing film from the 70s, "Morning of the Earth". Two of Brian Cadd's original songs from "Morning of the Earth" are included in "Bondi Tsunami"... deja vu...

This movie successfully integrates all these genres and may be destined to become a cult classic...


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